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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Norwegian Sigrid Flaata drove from Oslo in a 1942 restored jeep to honor the soldiers who died on D-Day. Washington Post, "The Latest: French prime minister calls for global peace," 7 June 2019 Letters from the soldiers had stopped arriving because they were given orders to cease communication with family in preparation for the invasion. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "D-Day remembered: How Indiana reacted to the Normandy invasion," 6 June 2019 Dana Loesch Dana Loesch, a National Rifle Association spokeswoman, referred to the 75th anniversary of D-Day throughout her speech, first recognizing the soldiers that stormed the French coastline in 1944. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Speakers at Young Women's Leadership Summit celebrate conservative values," 6 June 2019 The investigation credits the French jets with saving the lives of the remaining soldiers. David Martin, CBS News, "Father of slain U.S. soldier unhappy with Pentagon decision to punish just 1 senior officer over Niger ambush," 6 June 2019 In 2019, veterans and world leaders gathered to honor the soldiers who took part in the invasion, led by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and known then as Operation Overlord. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "D-Day: 17 stunning photos from 1944 show how hard the Normandy invasion really was," 6 June 2019 Norwegian Sigrid Flaata drove from Oslo in a 1942 restored jeep to honor the soldiers who died on D-Day. Raf Casert And John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "75th anniversary of D-Day: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen troops," 6 June 2019 They’re worn to honor and memorialize the soldiers who gave their lives to protect our country’s freedom. Elissa Sanci, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Symbolism Behind Memorial Day Poppies," 9 May 2019 The store’s red and white sign featured a soldier in a green uniform, wearing a helmet and carrying a weapon. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019

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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