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
Typically, these cycles start with an attack on Indian soldiers in Kashmir by infiltrators from Pakistan, triggering Indian artillery strikes, which prod the Pakistanis to respond in kind.
When Morrison turned 15, his mother met a soldier at Fort Knox and got remarried.
Aberdeen Proving Ground, which is Harford County's largest employer, has a population of soldiers and civilian workers that fluctuates between 18,000 and 22,000.
Previously, rhabdo, as it is known in medical circles, was primarily seen in soldiers, firefighters, and athletes, people whose work is physically demanding.
Even if, in the context of the show, the song *isn’t * meant to insult either of the Lannister brothers, Ed and his companions are not exactly patriotic soldiers.
Most of us—you amazing firefighters and heroic soldiers excepted—
The citation with his medal describes the soldier’s actions during a 2007 ambush of his unit in the deadly Korengal Valley.
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.
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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
SOLDIER Defined for English Language Learners
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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