sutlership, n.
/sut"leuhr/, n.
(formerly) a person who followed an army or maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers.
[1580-90; < early D soeteler (now zoetelaar), equiv. to soetel(en) to do dirty work, work poorly (akin to SOOT) + -er -ER1]

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  • sutler — noun Etymology: obsolete Dutch soeteler, from Low German suteler sloppy worker, camp cook Date: 1599 a civilian provisioner to an army post often with a shop on the post …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • sutler — Synonyms and related words: caterer, chandler, commissariat, commissary, donor, furnisher, manciple, merchant, patron, provider, provisioner, purveyor, quartermaster, retailer, steward, stock clerk, storekeeper, supplier, victualer, vivandier …   Moby Thesaurus

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  • sutler — [ sʌtlə] noun historical a person who followed an army and sold provisions to the soldiers. Origin C16: from obs. Du. soeteler, from soetelen perform mean duties …   English new terms dictionary

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