American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An army camp follower who peddled provisions to the soldiers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who follows an army for the purpose of selling provisions, liquors, etc., to the troops.
- n. A person who follows an army, selling provisions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A person who follows an army, and sells to the troops provisions, liquors, and the like.
- n. a supplier of victuals or supplies to an army
- From Dutch soeteler (modern zoetelaar). (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete Dutch soeteler, from Low German sudeler, suteler, from German sudeln, to dirty, from Middle High German sudelen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She is the first who has redeemed the name of sutler from the suspicion of worthlessness, mercenary baseness and plunder, and I trust that England will not forget the one who nursed her sick and who sought out her wounded to aid and succor them and who performed the last office for some of her illustrious dead.”
“Though the sutler was a young and attractive man, neither his golden looks nor his overly gallant manner moved me.”
“The sutler was the authorized merchant of the post, and in order that his monopoly might not lead him to demand unreasonable sums for his wares, the prices were fixed by a "council of administration" composed of three officers.”
“Then I began to enquire into it, and found out that a sutler was a sort of liquid peanut stand, and that his rank in the army was about the same as a chestnut roaster on the sidewalk here at home.”
“She is the first who has redeemed the name of "sutler" from the suspicion of worthlessness, mercenary baseness, and plunder; and I trust that England will not forget one who nursed her sick, who sought out her wounded to aid and succour them, and who performed the last offices for some of her illustrious dead.”
“On the 18th he struck out at surplus women hanging around the army, a particular gripe with him; on the 21st he fixed the liquor ration per the standing regulations, threatening to confine any sutler who sold extra spirits.”
“Her father, Isaac Lowenburg, arrived in town as a sutler for Union troops, selling food and dry goods.”
“I really do hope that the movie can express some of the sutler emotions from the book.”
“The sugar, coffee, and smaller parts of the ration were good, but we had no vegetables, and the few jars of preserves and some few vegetables kept by the sutler were too expensive to be indulged in.”
“Hooch listened with a straight face as a young lieutenant testified that all Hooch's whisky had been sold to the sutler at exactly the price it sold for last time.”
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