Definition of soldier in English:


Line breaks: sol|dier
Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊldʒə


  • 1A person who serves in an army.
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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.
    fighter, serviceman, servicewoman, fighting man, fighting woman, comrade-in-arms, warrior, trooper; (soldiers) cannon fodder; in the US GI, enlisted man
    British informal squaddie
    British military slang pongo
    archaic man-at-arms
  • 1.1 (also common soldier or private soldier) A private in an army.
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    • He was a common soldier in Company E of the 25th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, finishing the war as a corporal.
    • The badge, not generally awarded to officers above the rank of lieutenant colonel, symbolized Matthew Ridgway's association with the common soldier.
    • The deliberate burial of an unknown soldier could not arise until the idea that common soldiers ought to have individual graves had arisen.
  • 2 Entomology A wingless caste of ant or termite with a large specially modified head and jaws, involved chiefly in defence.
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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.
  • 3British informal A strip of bread or toast, used for dipping into a soft-boiled egg.
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    • Cut the bread crust into four soldiers and then cut each soldier into four bite-sized croutons.
    • She does everything but cut the crusts off his toast soldiers to go with his boiled egg.
    • I ate sausages, and boiled eggs and soldiers, white bread and butter, because I think that's what my mother had prepared.
  • 4 [usually as modifier] An upright brick, timber, or other building element.
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    • Mr. Johnston explained that the detail below the red line remained the same except for Helifix anchors that were put in just above the soldier course of bricks.
    • There are more options with soldier courses, rowlocks, headers, bonds, etc. in their final form in the wall.
    • Porthole bearings are inserted into the holes in the soldiers to create a positive connection using a tie rod.


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  • 1Serve as a soldier: (as noun soldiering) soldiering was what the Colonel understood
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    • Soldiering for profit was taken for granted for thousands of years, but the United States has thrived in an age when soldiering for the state - serving your country - has taken on an exalted status.
    • ‘Derek loved soldiering; it was his life,’ said Msgr Crowley.
    • General Jackson therefore has no lack of experience of infantry soldiering, having been a platoon commander, adjutant, company commander and commanding officer in infantry battalions.



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  • The campaign to honour the women of the Second World War has been conducted with military precision and soldierly single-mindedness.
  • Researchers are studying diverse sides of this miniature military life, from soldierly housekeeping to the recruits' tendency to goof off.
  • However, you are right to say that of the war poems in existence many celebrate soldierly virtues (Kipling, Horace, Virgil, Homer).


noun ( • archaic )
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  • The aim of this text is to question whether there is a necessary relationship between soldiership and society.
  • Men are called - sometimes - to soldiership at the front of the battle.
  • All the commands of soldiership, and the system of soldiership, it is easy to us.


Middle English: from Old French soldier, from soulde '(soldier's) pay', from Latin solidus (see solidus). The verb dates from the early 17th century.

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