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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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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 ?
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.
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.
It covered "[a]ll soldiers of whatever species of arms; all men who belong to the rising en masse of the hostile country; all those who are attached to the army for its efficiency, and promote directly the object of war ..." as well as "citizens who accompany an army for whatever purpose, such as sutlers, editors, or reporters of journals, or contractors, if captured...." (53) It was forbidden to declare that every member of a legitimate levy en masse--a spontaneous uprising of citizens in opposition to an armed invasion--would be treated as a bandit, but once the invading army had established itself as occupying force, citizens could not lawfully rise up against it.
each day, and visitors can see a blacksmith at work, visit the sutlers for a little shopping, hear period music by the 1st Brigade Band at 2 p.m.
Cullen, supra note 41, at 519 ("The 1775 Articles of War extended the jurisdiction of military tribunals to 'all sutlers and retainers to a camp, and all persons whatsoever serving with the Continental Army in the field.'"); see also Sacilotto, supra note 6, at 189 (noting that the provisions contained in the 1775 Articles were largely carried over to 1916 Articles of War).