Translation of soldier in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊldʒər; ˈsəʊldʒə(r)/


  • 1.1 soldado (masculine and feminine); (officer) militar (masculine and feminine) an old soldier un excombatiente be a brave little soldier pórtate como un valiente to be a good soldier (American English/inglés norteamericano) ser* leal y disciplinado a soldier of fortune un mercenario to play (at) soldiers jugar* a la guerra
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    • As an enlisted soldier, he served in every leadership position up to the position of First Sergeant.
    • He thus avoided serving as a soldier, or ‘cannon fodder,’ as he would later put it.
    • Keitel, a professional soldier, served as an artillery officer on the Western Front during the First World War and then as a staff officer.
    1.2 [Zoology/Zoología] soldado (masculine)
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    • Soldiers resemble worker termites, except that they have enlarged brownish heads and strong, well-developed jaws.
    • Termites have a strict caste system, which consists of worker termites, soldiers, winged reproductive termites, a queen termite, and a king termite.
    • When these ants sense a possible threat, they increase the ratio of soldiers to workers in their colonies, report Luc Passera of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, and his colleagues.
    1.3 (British English/inglés británico) [Cookery/Cocina] [colloquial/familiar] soldiers[ trozos de pan tostado que se comen con huevos pasados por agua ]

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [literary/literario] servir* como soldado

Phrasal verbs

soldier on

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (British English/inglés británico)
[colloquial/familiar] seguir* al pie del cañón or en la brecha to soldier on with sth seguir* adelante con algo, seguir* dándole a algo [colloquial/familiar]

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.