Candy-striper meaning

A volunteer worker in a hospital.
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A teenage girl who does volunteer work in a hospital.
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A volunteer worker in a hospital.
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(US) A volunteer worker in a hospital or hospice.
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(US) One who cheers others up with their youthful exuberance.

The entire convalescent home came to life as soon as the candy striper Cindy arrived.

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Origin of candy-striper

  • From the resemblance of the volunteer's red and white striped uniform to a candy cane
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 1944 US, due to red and white-striped jumpers worn by hospital volunteers, which resembled stick candy, originally a group of high school girls who volunteered as hospital workers at East Orange General Hospital.
    From Wiktionary