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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Today, siblings-in-law Prince Harry and Kate Middleton attended the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey in honor of soldiers who served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Prince Harry Sat in Front of Kate Middleton During the Anzac Service in Westminster Abbey," 25 Apr. 2019 Squads of soldiers roamed the city and the central market, carefully watching everyone. WSJ, "China Not Afraid to Use Raw Power Against Dissent," 21 Apr. 2019 Since the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger in October, American troops have been ordered to take fewer risks. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 Not long after rejoining his unit, the American troops found themselves under attack by a wave of nearly 600 German soldiers. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "A remarkable hero: Trump to award WWII Kentucky soldier Medal of Honor," 26 June 2018 However, excitement around the subject was very real, as Palacios recounted his grueling tour of duty as a Westeros soldier. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Game of Thrones," 11 Apr. 2019 Stephanie Levi-John and Nadia Parkes are Catherine's ladies-in-waiting, Lina and Rosa, and Aaron Cobham plays Oviedo, a soldier who accompanies Catherine to England and falls in love with Lina. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The First Teaser Trailer for," 25 Jan. 2019 The last inside attack was August 2017, when a Romanian soldier was wounded. Fox News, "US service member killed, 2 wounded in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan," 2 Oct. 2018 With the help of a soldier named Philip, Clara must find the key and return order to the four realms. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"," 4 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Founders Billy Lemmons and Bill Waldrip soldiered through the downturn, which also hit the oil and gas industry, and emerged in 2010 with a first fund of nearly $800 million. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio energy investors pump billions into oil and gas projects," 2 July 2018 Meanwhile, senators soldiered on trying to broker a compromise. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "GOP leaders eye new bill on family separations at border," 25 June 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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