Definition of candy-striper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkandēˌstrīpər/


North American informal
A teenage girl who does volunteer nursing in a hospital.
Example sentences
  • I barely acknowledged smiles from orderlies, candy-stripers and nurses that recognized me.
  • And it's a job a motivated candy-striper could handle.
  • He spotted a candy-striper coming out of one of the rooms, holding a stack of towels in one arm and trying to balance them while she reached behind her to close the door.


So named because of the candy-striped uniforms of such nurses.

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Syllabification: can·dy-strip·er

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