Definition of candy-striper in US English:

candy-striper

noun

North American
informal
  • A teenage girl who does volunteer nursing in a hospital.

    • ‘I'm a candy striper at a hospital once a week.’
    • ‘And it's a job a motivated candy-striper could handle.’
    • ‘I barely acknowledged smiles from orderlies, candy-stripers and nurses that recognized me.’
    • ‘He went in the same direction as the candy-striper and found her waiting for him around a turn in the hall.’
    • ‘He spotted a candy-striper coming out of one of the rooms, holding a stack of towels in one arm and trying to balance them while she reached behind her to close the door.’
    carer, caregiver, attendant
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Origin

So named because of the candy-striped uniforms of such nurses.

Pronunciation

candy-striper

/ˈkandēˌstrīpər//ˈkændiˌstraɪpər/