Definitions for soldierˈsoʊl dʒər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sol•dierˈsoʊl dʒər(n.)

  1. a person engaged in military service.

    Category: Military

  2. an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Military

  3. a person of military skill or experience.

    Category: Military

  4. a person dedicated to a cause.

  5. a low-ranking member of a crime organization.

  6. a member of a caste of sexually underdeveloped female ants or termites specialized, as with powerful jaws, to defend the colony from invaders.

    Category: Entomology

  7. (v.i.)to act or serve as a soldier.

  8. to loaf while pretending to work.

  9. soldier on, to persist steadfastly.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary

Origin of soldier:

1250–1300; ME souldiour < OF soudier, so(l)dier=soulde pay (< L solidus; cf. sol2) +-ier -ier2


Princeton's WordNet

  1. soldier(noun)

    an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army

    "the soldiers stood at attention"

  2. soldier(verb)

    a wingless sterile ant or termite having a large head and powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony

  3. soldier(verb)

    serve as a soldier in the military

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. soldier(noun)ˈsoʊl dʒər

    sb who is a member of a military group

    soldiers at home on leave


  1. soldier(Noun)

    A member of an army, of any rank.

  2. soldier(Noun)

    A guardsman.

  3. soldier(Noun)

    A member of the Salvation Army.

  4. soldier(Noun)

    A piece of buttered bread (or toast), cut into a long thin strip and dipped into a soft-boiled egg.

  5. soldier(Noun)

    A term of affection for a young boy.

  6. soldier(Verb)

    To continue.

  7. soldier(Verb)

    To be a soldier.

  8. soldier(Verb)

    To intentionally restrict labor productivity; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished. Has also been called dogging it or goldbricking. (Originally from the way that conscripts may approach following orders. Usage less prevalent in the era of all-volunteer militaries.)

  9. Origin: From soudeour, from soudeer or soudeour 'mercenary', from soldarius 'soldier (one having pay)', from solidus, a type of coin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soldier(noun)

    one who is engaged in military service as an officer or a private; one who serves in an army; one of an organized body of combatants

  2. Soldier(noun)

    especially, a private in military service, as distinguished from an officer

  3. Soldier(noun)

    a brave warrior; a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor; -- used by way of emphasis or distinction

  4. Soldier(noun)

    the red or cuckoo gurnard (Trigla pini.)

  5. Soldier(noun)

    one of the asexual polymorphic forms of white ants, or termites, in which the head and jaws are very large and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest. See Termite

  6. Soldier(verb)

    to serve as a soldier

  7. Soldier(verb)

    to make a pretense of doing something, or of performing any task


  1. Soldier

    A soldier is one who fights as part of an organized land-based armed force; if that force is for hire the person is generally termed a mercenary soldier, or mercenary. The majority of cognates of the word "soldier" that exist in other languages have a meaning that embraces both commissioned and non-commissioned officers in national land forces.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'soldier' in Nouns Frequency: #870

Anagrams of soldier

  1. solider

Translations for soldier

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a member (usually male) of an army, often one who is not an officer

The boy wants to be a soldier when he grows up.

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