candy striper


Definition of candy striper

: a usually teenage volunteer worker at a hospital

Examples of candy striper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before becoming a full-time hair aesthetician, Ahmad went to nursing school for a few years, worked as a candy striper at Mercy Hospital in Miami and spent a year working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Ana Faguy,, 31 Aug. 2020 Copeland volunteered as a child, in the community, in school and as a candy striper in a hospital., 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of candy striper

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for candy striper

from the striped uniform worn suggesting the stripes on some sticks of candy

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candy striper

can·​dy strip·​er | \ ˈkan-dē-ˌstrī-pər How to pronounce candy striper (audio) \

Medical Definition of candy striper

: a usually teenage volunteer worker at a hospital


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