soldier


1sol·dier

noun \ˈsōl-jər\

: a person who is in the military : a member of an army

Full Definition of SOLDIER

1
a :  one engaged in military service and especially in the army
b :  an enlisted man or woman
c :  a skilled warrior
2
:  a militant leader, follower, or worker
3
a :  one of a caste of wingless sterile termites usually differing from workers in larger size and head and long jaws
b :  one of a type of worker ants distinguished by exceptionally large head and jaws
4
\ˈsō-jər, ˈsōl-\ :  one who shirks work
sol·dier·ly \-lē\ adjective or adverb
sol·dier·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of SOLDIER

  1. Many soldiers were wounded in combat.
  2. <one of the goals of war is to keep as many soldiers as possible from being killed>

Origin of SOLDIER

Middle English soudeour, from Anglo-French soudeer, soudeour mercenary, from soudee shilling's worth, wage, from sou, soud shilling, from Late Latin solidus solidus
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2soldier

intransitive verb
sol·dieredsol·dier·ing \ˈsōl-jə-riŋ, ˈsōlj-riŋ\

Definition of SOLDIER

1
a :  to serve as a soldier
b :  to behave in a soldierly manner
c :  to push doggedly forward —usually used with on <soldiered on to the end>
2
:  to make a pretense of working while really loafing

First Known Use of SOLDIER

1647

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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