Share this entry

Share this page

sutler

Syllabification: sut·ler
Pronunciation: /ˈsətlər
 
/

Definition of sutler in English:

noun

historical
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.

Origin

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

Definition of sutler in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Noel
Pronunciation: nəʊˈɛl
noun
Christmas…