[vee-vahn-dyair; French vee-vahn-dyer]
- a woman who formerly followed an army or maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers.
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Examples from the Web for vivandiere
"The 22d may indeed be proud of their vivandiere," said De Barre, gallantly.
Still he was fairly handsome enough not to have muttered so heavy an oath as he did at the vivandiere's jest.Under Two Flags
Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
Leaning on Gombert's arm, Barbara now moved on more cheerfully until they were stopped by the vivandiere's counter.Barbara Blomberg, Complete
The heroine of this story is a Virginia girl, who escapes to the North by joining a Union regiment as a vivandiere.Brother Against Brother
It was through him that she had become a vivandiere; and she offered me a similar position, if I wished it.Other People's Money
- (formerly) a female sutler or victualler offering extra provisions and spirits to soldiers, esp those of the French and British armies
C16: see viand