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An army camp follower who peddled provisions to the soldiers.

[Obsolete Dutch soeteler, from Low German sudeler, suteler, from German sudeln, to dirty, from Middle High German sudelen.]
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(Historical Terms) (formerly) a merchant who accompanied an army in order to sell provisions to the soldiers
[C16: from obsolete Dutch soeteler, from Middle Low German suteler, from Middle High German sudelen to do dirty work; related to soot, seethe]
ˈsutlerˌship n
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(ˈsʌt lər)

(formerly) a person who maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers.
[1580–90; < early Dutch soeteler=soetel(en) to do dirty work, work poorly (akin to soot) + -er -er1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sutler - a supplier of victuals or supplies to an army
provider, supplier - someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity
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References in classic literature ?
We put it on a sutler's mule, and bore it after the army.
"There were some six thousand of us, with the prince and his knights, and the feather-bed upon a sutler's mule in the centre.
On both sides were archers, men-at-arms and knights behind, and in the centre the baggage, with my feather-bed upon a sutler's mule.
And there," he pointed to a sutler's tent, "they crowd in and sit.
But though we cannot find the god under this disguise of a sutler, yet on the other hand we cannot forgive the poet if he spins his thread too fine and does not substantiate his romance by the municipal virtues of justice, punctuality, fidelity and pity.
The little cabarets and sutlers' shops along the bay resounded with the scraping of fiddles, with snatches of old French songs, with Indian whoops and yells, while every plumed and feathered vagabond had his troop of loving cousins and comrades at his heels.
Hence, though Akbari is fond of "Chuniya - the daughter of Bhondu the sutler, and Zuflan - the daughter of Bakhshu the tinker, and Rahmat - the daughter of Kimmu the water-carrier, and Sulmati - the daughter of Maulan the greengrocer,"15 these are not sustainable friendships.
The event also features Sutler's Row, a pop-up market featuring an assortment of Civil War-inspired goods, including era reproduction clothing and toys.
IOST node and venture capital firm Sutler Ventures has announced it has partnered with BlockVenture Coalition to grow the IOST ecosystem, the company said.
Still, there are historical reasons for the nearly male-only policy: There was only one woman among the old city soldiers and that was the sutler. And she did not enjoy a very good reputation.
and Charles Sutler) and, notably, the son of former Chief Factor William Sinclair (1794-1868) who held charge of Fort Edmonton from 1854 to 1857.