dog soldier

noun

Definition of dog soldier

1 : a member of one of the war societies of the Cheyenne
2 : a U.S. cavalryman in the period of the Plains Indian wars
3 slang : soldier, dogface

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First Known Use of dog soldier

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dog soldier

translation of Cheyenne Hotámitäniu

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“Dog soldier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%20soldier. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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