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soldier

[sohl-jer] /ˈsoʊl dʒər/
noun
1.
a person who serves in an army; a person engaged in military service.
2.
an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer:
the soldiers' mess and the officers' mess.
3.
a person of military skill or experience:
George Washington was a great soldier.
4.
a person who contends or serves in any cause:
a soldier of the Lord.
5.
Also called button man. Slang. a low-ranking member of a crime organization or syndicate.
6.
Entomology.
  1. a member of a caste of sexually underdeveloped female ants or termites specialized, as with powerful jaws, to defend the colony from invaders.
  2. a similar member of a caste of worker bees, specialized to protect the hive.
7.
a brick laid vertically with the narrower long face out.
Compare rowlock (def 2).
8.
Informal. a person who avoids work or pretends to work; loafer; malingerer.
verb (used without object)
9.
to act or serve as a soldier.
10.
Informal. to loaf while pretending to work; malinger:
He was soldiering on the job.
Verb phrases
11.
soldier on, to persist steadfastly in one's work; persevere:
to soldier on until the work is done.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English souldiour < Old French soudier, so(l)dier, equivalent to soulde pay (< Latin solidus; see sol2) + -ier -ier2
Related forms
soldiership, noun
nonsoldier, noun
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  • soldiers were packed in so tightly they could find no place to sleep and could barely stand.
  • soldiers shoot at an enemy position near local villages.
  • But the growing reality is that for many soldiers, the memory of war is as deadly as the war itself.
  • The exhibition features a number of letters that serve as windows on the personal lives on soldiers stationed abroad.
  • While bunkers were present in various field fortification display areas, the soldiers who participated were out in the open.
  • Online games have been developed to train firefighters, soldiers, and others preparing for fast-paced jobs.
  • Online courses have long been a boon for soldiers who want to participate in college despite geographic displacement.
  • We could say that they're soldiers, but soldiers killed in action are revered as heroes by our culture and many others.
  • Nor do our soldiers now feel any great support or collective appreciation behind them.
  • But you wouldn't necessarily know it on the campuses, where the foot soldiers never watch the generals at work.
British Dictionary definitions for soldiers

soldier

/ˈsəʊldʒə/
noun
1.
  1. a person who serves or has served in an army
  2. Also called common soldier. a noncommissioned member of an army as opposed to a commissioned officer
2.
a person who works diligently for a cause
3.
a low-ranking member of the Mafia or other organized crime ring
4.
(zoology)
  1. an individual in a colony of social insects, esp ants, that has powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony, crushing large food particles, etc
  2. (as modifier): soldier ant
5.
(informal) a strip of bread or toast that is dipped into a soft-boiled egg
verb (intransitive)
6.
to serve as a soldier
7.
(obsolete, slang) to malinger or shirk
Word Origin
C13: from Old French soudier, from soude (army) pay, from Late Latin solidus a gold coin, from Latin: firm
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Word Origin and History for soldiers

soldier

n.

c.1300, souder, from Old French soudier, soldier "one who serves in the army for pay," from Medieval Latin soldarius "a soldier" (cf. Spanish soldado, Italian soldato and French soldat "soldier," which is borrowed from Italian), literally "one having pay," from Late Latin soldum, extended sense of accusative of Latin solidus, name of a Roman gold coin (see solidus). The -l- has been regular in English since mid-14c., in imitation of Latin. Willie and Joe always say sojer in the Bill Mauldin cartoons, and this seems to mirror 16c.-17c. spellings sojar, soger, sojour.

v.

"to serve as a soldier," 1640s, from soldier (n.). Related: Soldiered; soldiering. To soldier on "persist doggedly" is attested from 1954.

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Slang definitions & phrases for soldiers

so last year

modifier

Outdated: jellies are so last year


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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