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sutler

[ suht-ler ]
/ ˈsʌt lər /
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noun

(formerly) a person who followed an army or maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers.

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Origin of sutler

1580–90; <early Dutch soeteler (now zoetelaar), equivalent to soetel(en) to do dirty work, work poorly (akin to soot) + -er-er1
sut·ler·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sutler

sutler
/ (ˈsʌtlə) /

noun

(formerly) a merchant who accompanied an army in order to sell provisions to the soldiers
sutlership, noun
C16: from obsolete Dutch soeteler, from Middle Low German suteler, from Middle High German sudelen to do dirty work; related to soot, seethe
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