from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A volunteer worker in a hospital.
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- n. A volunteer worker in a hospital or hospice.
- n. One who cheers others up with their youthful exuberance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a volunteer worker in a hospital
From the resemblance of the volunteer's red and white striped uniform to a candy cane.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1944 US, due to red and white-striped jumpers worn by hospital volunteers, which resembled stick candy, originally a group of high school girls who volunteered as hospital workers at East Orange General Hospital. (Wiktionary)