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A.Word.A.Day--sutler

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This week's theme: professions that exist mainly as surnames.

sutler (SUT-luhr) noun

A merchant who follows an army to sell provisions to the soldiers.

[From obsolete Dutch soeteler, from soetelen (to do menial work).]

See more usage examples of sutler in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"There might have been a sutler or trader in the village who did business with the fort." Julie E. Greene; Fort Frederick Celebrates 250th Anniversary; Hagerstown Morning Herald (Maryland); May 25, 2006.

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