buffalo soldier

noun

Definition of 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 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 Highlight the stories of the buffalo soldiers, who became some of America’s first park rangers. Latria Graham, Outside Online, 10 Apr. 2018 Highlight the stories of the buffalo soldiers, who became some of America’s first park rangers. Latria Graham, Outside Online, 10 Apr. 2018 There are no movies or mentions of buffalo soldiers. Michael Harriot, The Root, 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of buffalo soldier

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Buffalo soldier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffalo%20soldier. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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