Meaning of sutler in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsʌtlə/


  • A person who followed an army and sold provisions to the soldiers.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, re-enactment societies may importune their members to prepare for upcoming events by ‘going to their history books’ and contacting an authorized sutler to be properly kitted out.’


Late 16th century from obsolete Dutch soeteler, from soetelen ‘perform mean duties’.