soldier of fortune

noun phrase

: one who follows a military career wherever there is promise of profit, adventure, or pleasure

Examples of soldier of fortune in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take the defiant president who disbands the FBI and refuses to leave the White House, or the gun-toting soldiers of fortune who wear crosses (shades of the Proud Boys, perhaps?). Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Following Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile to Elba, kings and crown princes, ministers and spies, noble ladies and mistresses, soldiers of fortune, inventors, artists and concubines celebrate and negotiate in Vienna, where the fate of Europe is ultimately decided on the dance floor and in the boudoir. Ed Meza, Variety, 20 Mar. 2024 This installment of the Legends & Lattes series follows a convalescent soldier of fortune who finds refuge in a small-town bookstore. 10 THE MAID (Ballantine, $18). Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2023 This installment of the Legends & Lattes series follows a convalescent soldier of fortune who finds refuge in a small-town bookstore. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 This installment of the Legends & Lattes series follows a convalescent soldier of fortune who finds refuge in a small-town bookstore. 4 TRUST (Riverhead, $17). Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2023 The case centered on a lurid plot in which prosecutors said a transnational crime lord, Paul LeRoux, tasked Mr. Samia, who was then working for him as a soldier of fortune, and two other men with killing Catherine Lee, a real estate broker who Mr. LeRoux believed had stolen from him. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 23 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soldier of fortune was in 1661

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“Soldier of fortune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soldier%20of%20fortune. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

soldier of fortune

: one who follows a military career wherever there is promise of profit, adventure, or pleasure
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