soldier

noun
sol·​dier | \ ˈsōl-jər How to pronounce soldier (audio) \

Definition of soldier

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a : 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 \ ˈsō-​jər How to pronounce ˈsō-jər (audio) , ˈsōl-​ \ : one who shirks work

soldier

verb
soldiered; soldiering\ ˈsōl-​jə-​riŋ How to pronounce soldiering (audio) , ˈsōlj-​riŋ \

Definition of soldier (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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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Other Words from soldier

Noun

soldierly \ ˈsōl-​jər-​lē How to pronounce soldierly (audio) \ adjective or adverb
soldiership \ ˈsōl-​jər-​ˌship How to pronounce soldiership (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for soldier

Synonyms: Noun

dogface, fighter, legionary, legionnaire, man-at-arms, regular, serviceman, trooper, warrior

Antonyms: Noun

civilian

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Examples of soldier in a Sentence

Noun

Many soldiers were wounded in combat. one of the goals of war is to keep as many soldiers as possible from being killed

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Cuba denies stationing soldiers or the 2,500 security agents the U.S. says Havana has in Venezuela. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Cuba Ration Lines Grow Tense as Economy Flails," 21 June 2019 Defenders of the cross in Bladensburg, a suburb of the nation's capital, had argued that a ruling against them could doom hundreds of war memorials that use crosses to commemorate soldiers who died. Jessica Gresko, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court allows World War I memorial cross on public land in Maryland," 20 June 2019 The flight was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on a flight path that took it over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebel and Ukrainian soldiers were fighting. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Dutch probe to charge 4 suspects with murder in 2014 shootdown of Malaysian Flight MH17 over Ukraine," 19 June 2019 The explosion killed several Iraqi citizens as well as five soldiers: Sgt. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Canadian man sentenced to 26 years for orchestrating suicide attack on US troops," 19 June 2019 During the Civil War, Union soldiers were camped at the end of Laurel’s Main Street on either side of the railroad tracks to protect the only railroad route between Baltimore and Washington. Kevin Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "'The rebels are coming!'– A Laurel Civil War Story," 17 June 2019 One soldier, Mar remembers, came in completely swathed in bandages. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "‘I was just doing my job’: Seattle’s Chinese American veterans to receive long overdue honor from U.S.," 17 June 2019 Today, the Army uses more than 22 gallons per day, per soldier. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Army Birthday 244th birthday 2019: Military facts, figures, history and more," 14 June 2019 Hanson, like millions of other American and Vietnamese soldiers, was exposed to the dangerous herbicide. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park Vietnam War veteran, who died from Agent Orange effects, to be honored in Washington, D.C.," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sylvester Stallone will soldier on as Rambo once again, after already making a stellar return as Rocky. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Men in Black' and the Battle Between Nostalgia and Fatigue," 15 June 2019 My father, of prime age for soldiering in WWII, never wore a uniform. Fred Niedner, Post-Tribune, "D-Day recollections remind us of horrors of war," 7 June 2019 Lacking any breakthrough in bulletproof armor technology the M1 soldiered on through Korea and the Vietnam War. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How U.S. Military Helmets Went From Stopping Rocks to Stopping Bullets," 18 May 2017 Dion soldiered through, still taking in each gown while dotting her eyes with a handkerchief. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Céline Dion's Reactions at Couture Fashion Shows Are More Beautiful Than Any Dress Could Be," 24 Jan. 2019 But even as Facebook Live’s popularity has vanished into the ether, Legere and Slow Cooker Sunday have soldiered on. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "T-Mobile is releasing a Slow Cooker Sunday cookbook by CEO John Legere," 6 Dec. 2018 But eventually, as guests wound up atop tables and chairs to show off their dance moves, their shoes were left aside—but Tiffany Haddish soldiered on. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lily Aldridge, and Joan Smalls Welcome Their Latest Campaign for Jimmy Choo," 9 Sep. 2018 Fans were drawn to Mr. Friend’s mix of reserve and vulnerability, his portrait of a man soldiering on despite serious PTSD. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Rupert Friend Is Tired of Killing," 14 June 2018 The cost to cave was measured against the certainty that the company would soldier on with a chance at greatness. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why don't we heed risk warnings?," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of soldier

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for soldier

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of soldier

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

soldier

noun
sol·​dier | \ ˈsōl-jər How to pronounce soldier (audio) \

Kids Definition of soldier

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

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