see also: Soldier
  • (RP) enPR sōlʹjə(r), IPA: /ˈsəʊld͡ʒə/, /ˈsɒld͡ʒə/
  • (America) enPR: sōlʹjər, IPA: /ˈsoʊld͡ʒɚ/

soldier (plural soldiers)

  1. A member of an army, of any rank.
    • 1577, Raphaell Holinshed, “[(please specify the book title).] The Thirde Booke of the Historie of Ireland, Comprising the Raigne of Henry the Eyght: [...].”, in The Firste Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande […], volume I, London: Imprinted [by Henry Bynneman] for Iohn Harrison, OCLC 55195564 ↗, pages 77–78 ↗, column 2:
      The Citizens in their rage, imagining that euery poſt in the Churche had bin one of y{{sup
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 5, scene 3]:
      I am a soldier and unapt to weep.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0105 ↗:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
    • 2012, August 1. Owen Gibson in Guardian Unlimited, London 2012: rowers Glover and Stanning win Team GB's first gold medal ↗
      Stanning, who was commissioned from Sandhurst in 2008 and has served in Aghanistan, is not the first soldier to bail out the organisers at these Games but will be among the most celebrated.
  2. A private in military service, as distinguished from an officer.
    • It were meet that any one, before he came to be a captain, should have been a soldier.
  3. A guardsman.
  4. A member of the Salvation Army.
  5. (British, New Zealand) A piece of buttered bread (or toast), cut into a long thin strip for dipping into a soft-boiled egg.
  6. A term of affection for a young boy.
  7. Someone who fights or toils well.
  8. The red gunnard or cuckoo gurnard (Chelidonichthys cuculus).
  9. One of the asexual polymorphic forms of termites, in which the head and jaws are very large and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest.
  10. (slang, dated) A red herring cured kipper with flesh turned red.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Italian: soldato
  • Russian: часово́й
Translations Translations
  • Spanish: campión
Translations Verb

soldier (soldiers, present participle soldiering; past and past participle soldiered)

  1. (intransitive) To continue steadfast; to keep striving.
  2. (intransitive) To serve as a soldier.
  3. (intransitive) To intentionally restrict labor productivity; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished.
  4. (transitive, slang) To take a ride on (another person's horse) without permission.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: служи́ть
  • Spanish: militar

Proper noun
  1. A tiny city in Monona County, Iowa.
  2. A tiny city in Jackson County, Kansas.
  3. An unincorporated community/and/coal town in Carter County, Kentucky.
  4. An unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.

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