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Webster Dictionary

  1. Vivandierenoun

    in Continental armies, especially in the French army, a woman accompanying a regiment, who sells provisions and liquor to the soldiers; a female sutler

    Etymology: [F. See Viand.]


  1. Vivandière

    Vivandière or Cantinière is a French name for women attached to military regiments as sutlers or canteen keepers. Their actual historic function of selling wine to the troops and working in canteens led to the adoption of the name 'cantinière' which came to supplant the original ‘vivandière' starting in 1793, but the use of both terms was common in French until the mid-19th century, and 'vivandière' remained the term of choice in non-French-speaking countries like the USA/CSA, Spain, Italy, and Great Britain. Vivandières served in the French army up until the beginning of World War I, but the custom spread to many other armies. Vivandières also served on both sides in the American Civil War, and in the armies of Spain, Italy, the German States, Switzerland, and various armies in South America, though little is known about the details in most of those cases as historians have not done extensive research on them.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vivandière

    vē-vong-di-ār′, n. in the French and some other Continental armies, a female attendant in a regiment, who sells spirits and other comforts, marching with the corps. [Fr., fem. of vivandier—It. vivandière, a sutler—vivanda, food.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. vivandiere

    A kind of female sutler. In the French army they are attached to regiments, which they accompany, sometimes even into the skirts of action.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. vivandière

    In continental armies, and especially that of France, a female attendant in a regiment, who sells spirits and other comforts, ministers to the sick, marches with the corps, and contrives to be a universal favorite. Although a familiar friend to all, these women contrive to maintain themselves respectable, and generally respected; and a corps is usually extremely jealous of the slightest discourtesy being shown to its vivandière. The woman wears the uniform of the regiment, short petticoats taking the place of the man’s tunic.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vivandiere in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vivandiere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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