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soldiery

[sohl-juh-ree] /ˈsoʊl dʒə ri/
noun, plural soldieries for 2.
1.
soldiers collectively.
2.
a body of soldiers.
3.
military training or skill.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; soldier + -ry
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  • Endangered by the fire of their friends if they continue within the city, and plundered by the soldiery if they leave it.
  • The colored soldiery are now numbered no longer by hundreds, but by tens of thousands.
  • The initial training cycle consisted of the fundamentals of good soldiery: shooting, land navigation, and basic medicine.
  • On each side of the main entrance are two apartments, which were used as guard houses by the soldiery.
British Dictionary definitions for soldiery

soldiery

/ˈsəʊldʒərɪ/
noun (pl) -dieries
1.
soldiers collectively
2.
a group of soldiers
3.
the profession of being a soldier
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Word Origin and History for soldiery
n.

1560s, from Middle French souderie or else a native formation from soldier + -y (1).

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