buffalo soldier


: an African American soldier serving in the western U.S. after the Civil War

Examples of buffalo soldier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The buffalo soldiers were formed with six regiments in 1866. Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2024 Themes of possession, power, and skullduggery are represented by other adventurers: Mexican-American Tiberio Vargas (Benjamin Bratt), bilingual Mexican lawyer-interloper Esteban Romero (Luis Chávez), and a dutiful buffalo soldier, Sergeant Poe (Warren Burke). Armond White, National Review, 30 Dec. 2022 Yeah, as a buffalo soldier. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 30 Jan. 2022 Before their ultimate confrontation, Borlund fulfills his task to rescue white woman Rachel Kidd (Rachel Brosnahan), supposedly abducted in Arizona by a black buffalo soldier, Elijah Jones (Brandon Scott). Armond White, National Review, 30 Dec. 2022 Benjamin Brown, a buffalo soldier who received the Medal of Honor for military valor. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 3 Feb. 2023 That character is Rachel Kidd, a proto-feminist, thus her anachronistic description of Jones, the buffalo soldier who was also her lover and her mate in seeking liberty. Armond White, National Review, 30 Dec. 2022 Borlund is hired by cuckolded New Mexico landowner Martin Kidd (Hamish Linklater) to retrieve his missing wife Rachel (Rachel Brosnahan), who has supposedly been kidnapped by buffalo soldier Elijah Jones (Brandon Scott). Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 In World War II, Dasani’s great-grandfather was a buffalo soldier, a term that Native Americans used in the 19th century to describe Black troops, and one that stuck. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of buffalo soldier was in 1872

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“Buffalo soldier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffalo%20soldier. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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