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soldier

noun sol·dier \ ˈsōl-jər \

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 play \ˈsō-jər, ˈsōl-\ :one who shirks work

soldierly

play \ˈsōl-jər-lē\ adjective or adverb

soldiership

play \ˈsōl-jər-ˌship\ noun

Examples of soldier in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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soldier

verb

Definition of soldier

soldiered; soldiering play \ˈsōl-jə-riŋ, ˈsōlj-riŋ\
intransitive verb
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

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First Known Use of soldier

1647



SOLDIER Defined for English Language Learners

soldier

noun

Definition of soldier for English Language Learners

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


SOLDIER Defined for Kids

soldier

noun sol·dier \ ˈsōl-jər \

Definition of soldier for Students

:a person in military service and especially an enlisted person who is in the army


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