candy-striper

candy striper

noun Informal.
a person, often a teenager, who works as a volunteer in a hospital.

Origin:
1960–65; so called from the red and white striped uniform often worn

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candy-striper
young female volunteer nurse at a hospital, by 1962, so called from the pink-striped design of her uniform
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candy striper can·dy strip·er (kān'dē strī'pər)
n.
A volunteer worker in a hospital.

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