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[vee-vahn-dyair; French vee-vahn-dyer] /ˌvi vɑnˈdyɛər; French vi vɑ̃ˈdyɛr/
a woman who formerly followed an army or maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers. Unabridged
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  • It was through him that she had become a vivandiere; and she offered me a similar position, if I wished it.

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
  • "The 22d may indeed be proud of their vivandiere," said De Barre, gallantly.

  • Leaning on Gombert's arm, Barbara now moved on more cheerfully until they were stopped by the vivandiere's counter.

  • The heroine of this story is a Virginia girl, who escapes to the North by joining a Union regiment as a vivandiere.

  • Still he was fairly handsome enough not to have muttered so heavy an oath as he did at the vivandiere's jest.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
British Dictionary definitions for vivandiere


(formerly) a female sutler or victualler offering extra provisions and spirits to soldiers, esp those of the French and British armies
Word Origin
C16: see viand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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