Definition of sutler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsətlər/


A person who followed an army and sold provisions to the soldiers.
Example sentences
  • The middle section consists of two long poems about soldiers and war, the second of which gives the collection its title: a sutler was a camp-follower who sold provisions to soldiers - provisions often taken from the dead.
  • Essentially a sutler was a camp follower who sold provisions to the soldiers, part of early logistics.
  • Among the sutlers ' stores captured by the Confederates at Manassas Junction (a major Union supply base) on August 26-27, 1862, were quantities of canned oysters.


Late 16th century: from obsolete Dutch soeteler, from soetelen 'perform menial duties'.

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