from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman who carries a canteen for soldiers; a vivandière.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female sutler to a regiment; a vivandière.
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A cantiniere, one of the tough women who sold the soldiers coffee, tea, needles, thread and dozens of other small comforts, took pity on Kate and brought her a tin mug of lukewarm coffee laced with brandy.
My experience of Crimean races are perfect, for I was present, in the character of cantiniere, at all the more important meetings.
"Je sais ce que je voudrais, Je voudrais etre cantiniere!" ...
So he went to the cantiniere, and proposed to have the officers 'table set upon the lawn, under the shady elder trees.
On a fearfully hot day in August he overheard a cantiniere who, talking to her husband from the top of a wagon which had just stopped near La Tuilerie, was lamenting her inability to find a shady place for the dejeuner of the officers, who would shortly arrive.
A certain Mme: de Beaulieu, who had joined a regiment of Mobiles as a _cantiniere_, was denounced as a spy "because her hands were so white."
The Colonel began to swear and scold at sight of the white, dusty, sultry road where the cantiniere had stopped, and for a few moments refused to listen to her explanations; but when he saw Mr. Hamerton coming out of the garden gate to invite him inside with his brother officers, he dismounted to salute him, and stood fixed in a state of ecstacy before the inviting white table-cloth, looking so fresh and cool between the green grass of the lawn and the green leaves of the trees.
"You are happy enough in Algeria?" asked the one he served, as he stretched himself on the skins and carpets, and drank down a sherbet that his self-attached attendant had made with a skill learned from a pretty cantiniere, who had given him the lesson in return for a slashing blow with which he had struck down two "Riz-pain-sels," who, as the best paid men in the army, had tried to cheat her in the price of her Cognac.
One fine night, when everybody was asleep, two of the officers of infantry irregulars on guard took it into their heads to knock at the door, and were filled with delighted surprise on hearing the gentle voice of the good-natured cantiniere reply, "Is that you?
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