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vivandière

[vee-vahn-dyair; French vee-vahn-dyer]
noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples of vivandiere

  • "The 22d may indeed be proud of their vivandiere," said De Barre, gallantly.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 15, August, 1851

    Various

  • 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.

  • The heroine of this story is a Virginia girl, who escapes to the North by joining a Union regiment as a vivandiere.

  • 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

    Emile Gaboriau


British Dictionary definitions for vivandiere

vivandière

noun
  1. (formerly) a female sutler or victualler offering extra provisions and spirits to soldiers, esp those of the French and British armies
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Word Origin for vivandière

C16: see viand
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