candy striper


noun Informal.

a person, often a teenager, who works as a volunteer in a hospital.

Origin of candy striper

First recorded in 1960–65; so called from the red and white striped uniform often worn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of candy-striper

  • A kind person, she had volunteered as a “candy-striper” in a hospital.

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Word Origin and History for candy-striper

young female volunteer nurse at a hospital, by 1962, so called from the pink-striped design of her uniform, similar to patterns on peppermint candy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

candy-striper in Medicine

candy striper

[kăndē strī′pər]


A volunteer worker in a hospital.
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