Definition of soldier
1a : one engaged in military service and especially in the armyb : an enlisted man or womanc : a skilled warrior
2 : a militant leader, follower, or worker
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\ˈsō-jər, ˈsōl-\ : one who shirks work
soldierlyplay \ˈsōl-jər-lē\ adjective or adverb
soldiershipplay \ˈsōl-jər-ˌship\ noun
Examples of soldier in a Sentence
Many soldiers were wounded in combat.
one of the goals of war is to keep as many soldiers as possible from being killed
Recent Examples of soldier from the Web
In some areas, soldiers have treated sick residents, helped with food handouts and repaired wells.
That’s about it, plus striking locations (the Rainbow Mountains), digital wizardry and battles between hordes of critters (called Tao Tei) and legions of soldiers.
Any sense of normalcy on Saturday afternoon was shredded, again, when Iraqi soldiers began opening fire, their rifle barrels aimed at a white object in the bright blue sky.
In 2006, also on Feb. 1, Israeli police demolished nine homes at Amona, setting off violent clashes pitting settlers and their supporters against police and soldiers.
Alexandrowka is a cluster of wooden cabins bedecked with Slavic folk carvings and was assembled in 1826 by Frederick William III, grandnephew of Frederick the Great, as a colony for Russian soldiers.
President Alassane Ouattara said late in the day that the government had reached an agreement with disgruntled soldiers who had demanded higher salaries and better living conditions.
An article on Saturday about Canadian soldiers from the 228th Overseas Battalion who played professional hockey during World War I misidentified the championship the Montreal Canadiens won in 1917.
In one, a porcine businessman holds out a medal to a legless soldier dragging himself across a floor.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of soldier
soldieringplay \ˈsōl-jə-riŋ, ˈsōlj-riŋ\
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 : to make a pretense of working while really loafing
First Known Use of soldier
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Definition of soldier for English Language Learners
: a person who is in the military : a member of an army
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Definition of soldier for Students
: a person in military service and especially an enlisted person who is in the army
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