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soldier

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noun sol·dier \ˈsōl-jər\

Simple Definition of soldier

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

Full Definition of soldier

  1. 1a :  one engaged in military service and especially in the armyb :  an enlisted man or womanc :  a skilled warrior

  2. 2 :  a militant leader, follower, or worker

  3. 3a :  one of a caste of wingless sterile termites usually differing from workers in larger size and head and long jawsb :  one of a type of worker ants distinguished by exceptionally large head and jaws

  4. 4 \ˈsō-jər, ˈsōl-\ :  one who shirks work

sol·dier·ly play \-lē\ adjective or adverb
sol·dier·ship play \-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


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soldier

intransitive verb sol·dier

Definition of soldier

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

  1. 1a :  to serve as a soldierb :  to behave in a soldierly mannerc :  to push doggedly forward —usually used with on <soldiered on to the end>

  2. 2 :  to make a pretense of working while really loafing



1647

First Known Use of soldier

1647




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