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
William H. Pate drew a short straw in life — born in Mississippi in 1845, dead at 16 during the harsh winter of 1861-62 with hundreds of other Confederate soldiers stationed at a Rebel camp in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Kirkpatrick’s death is the fourth combat fatality this year of a conventional U.S. soldier in an operation outside a base.
This man is played, with a deeply furrowed brow, by the American tenor Michael Fabiano, making a formidable debut as Don José, the soldier who falls for the headstrong Gypsy Carmen and, when spurned, kills her.
Conservative party Parliament member Tony Clement urged Khadr to give any settlement money to the widow and children of the American soldier he was accused of killing in Afghanistan.
When the gunfire finally ended, five of Miller's fellow soldiers had been injured, but his entire team survived.
The widow of Speer and another American soldier blinded by the grenade in Afghanistan filed a wrongful death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014 fearing Khadr might get his hands on money from his $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit.
Gen. William King and a color guard of active soldiers from APG.
Large areas of land in Kentucky were granted to surveyors and soldiers from the Revolutionary War, many whom were of English descent and who were slaveholders.
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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
SOLDIER Defined for Kids
Definition of soldier for Students
: a person in military service and especially an enlisted person who is in the army
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