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[suht-ler] /ˈsʌt lər/
(formerly) a person who followed an army or maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers.
Origin of sutler
early Dutch
1580-90; < early Dutch soeteler (now zoetelaar), equivalent to soetel(en) to do dirty work, work poorly (akin to soot) + -er -er1
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sutlership, noun Unabridged
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(formerly) a merchant who accompanied an army in order to sell provisions to the soldiers
Derived Forms
sutlership, noun
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete Dutch soeteler, from Middle Low German suteler, from Middle High German sudelen to do dirty work; related to soot, seethe
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Word Origin and History for sutler

"person who follows an army to sell food to soldiers," 1580s, from Middle Dutch soeteler "small tradesman, sutler, camp cook" (Dutch zoetelaar), cognate with Middle Low German suteler, sudeler "person who performs dirty tasks," Middle High German sudelen "to cook badly," Middle Dutch soetelen "to cook badly." Probably also related to Dutch zieder, German sieden "to seethe" (see seethe).

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