soldier

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noun

sol·​dier ˈsōl-jər How to pronounce soldier (audio)
1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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 soldier (audio)
ˈsōl-
: one who shirks work
soldierly adjective or adverb
soldiership noun

soldier

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verb

soldiered; soldiering ˈsōl-jə-riŋ How to pronounce soldier (audio)
ˈsōlj-riŋ

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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

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
After the soldiers taking part in the uprising retreated, hundreds of supporters of Arce swarmed the plaza outside the palace in celebration. Chad De Guzman, TIME, 27 June 2024 Soon the soldiers pulled back, along with a line of military vehicles, as hundreds of Arce's supporters rushed the square outside the palace, waving Bolivian flags, singing the national anthem and cheering. Arce, surrounded by ministers, waved at the crowd. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 27 June 2024
Verb
Image Not a natural politician, the prime minister has soldiered through campaign appearances and photo opportunities that have occasionally backfired. Mark Landler, New York Times, 4 June 2024 Strangely, virtually the same thing was happening at the same time to my best friend, J. Harry Jones, who soldiered beside me long ago as a reporter for The Star. Charles Hammer, Kansas City Star, 24 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for soldier 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of soldier was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Soldier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soldier. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

soldier

1 of 2 noun
sol·​dier ˈsōl-jər How to pronounce soldier (audio)
1
a
: a person in military service and especially in the army
b
: an enlisted person
2
: a worker in something strongly believed in
3
: a termite or ant with a large head and jaws that is a member of a caste that protects the colony
soldierly adjective

soldier

2 of 2 verb
soldiered; soldiering ˌsōlj-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce soldier (audio)
: to serve as or act like a soldier

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