vivandière


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vi·van·dière

 (vē′väN-dyâr′)
n.
A woman who accompanies troops to sell them food, supplies, and liquor.

[French, feminine of vivandier, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin vīvenda, provisions) of viandier, from viande, food; see viand.]
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vivandière

(vivɑ̃djɛr)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a female sutler or victualler offering extra provisions and spirits to soldiers, esp those of the French and British armies
2. (Military) (formerly) a female sutler or victualler offering extra provisions and spirits to soldiers, esp those of the French and British armies
[C16: see viand]
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