Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An army camp follower who peddled provisions to the soldiers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who follows an army, selling provisions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person who follows an army, and sells to the troops provisions, liquors, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who follows an army for the purpose of selling provisions, liquors, etc., to the troops.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a supplier of victuals or supplies to an army

Etymologies

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)
From Dutch soeteler (modern zoetelaar). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    World’s Great Men of Color

  • Though the sutler was a young and attractive man, neither his golden looks nor his overly gallant manner moved me.

    The Haunting

  • 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.

    Old Fort Snelling 1819-1858

  • 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.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883

  • 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.

    Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

  • 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.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Her father, Isaac Lowenburg, arrived in town as a sutler for Union troops, selling food and dry goods.

    Personal Information for Clara Lowenburg Moses

  • I really do hope that the movie can express some of the sutler emotions from the book.

    Five New Photos from Cormac McCarthy's The Road « FirstShowing.net

  • 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.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • 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.

    He Don't Know Him

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