Entry from US English dictionary
(In US history) an African-American cavalry soldier.
- His father had been a buffalo soldier in the Twenty-Fifth Infantry stationed at Fort Custer in the early 1890s.
- The term ‘buffalo soldier’ originated during this period.
- Soon the Ninth's troopers also became known as buffalo soldiers, and ultimately the infantrymen too came to be considered buffalo soldiers.
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Syllabification: buf·fa·lo sol·dier
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