What does soldier mean?

Definitions for soldier
ˈsoʊl dʒərsol·dier

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soldiernoun

    an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army

    "the soldiers stood at attention"

  2. soldierverb

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

  3. soldierverb

    serve as a soldier in the military


  1. soldiernoun

    A member of an army, of any rank.

  2. soldiernoun

    A guardsman.

  3. soldiernoun

    A member of the Salvation Army.

  4. soldiernoun

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

  5. soldiernoun

    A term of affection for a young boy.

  6. soldierverb

    To continue.

  7. soldierverb

    To be a soldier.

  8. soldierverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SOLDIERnoun

    Etymology: soldat, Fr. from solidarius, low Latin, of solidus, a piece of money, the pay of soldier; souldée, French.

    Your sister is the better soldier. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Good Siward,
    An older and a better soldier none. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    A soldier,
    Full of strange oaths, and bearded like a pard,
    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
    Seeking the bubble reputation
    Ev’n in the cannon’s mouth. William Shakespeare.

    This attempt
    I’m soldier to, and will abide it with
    A prince’s courage. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    I have not yet forgot I am a king:
    If I have wrong’d thee, charge me face to face;
    I have not yet forgot I am a soldier. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    It were meet that any one, before he came to be a captain, should have been a soldier. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.


  1. Soldier

    A soldier is one who fights as part of an army. A soldier can be a conscripted or volunteer enlisted person, a non-commissioned officer, or an officer. In other definition, soldiers are military personnel that participate in ground, sea, or air forces, commonly known as armies, navies, and air forces, respectively.


  1. soldier

    A soldier is a person who serves in an army and participates in military activities, typically involving ground warfare. They are trained to defend their country by engaging in combat and they follow the commands of superior officers. Soldiers can perform various roles and duties such as combat roles, support roles, or ceremonial duties, and they are generally expected to uphold strict discipline, loyalty, and courage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soldiernoun

    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. Soldiernoun

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

  3. Soldiernoun

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

  4. Soldiernoun

    the red or cuckoo gurnard (Trigla pini.)

  5. Soldiernoun

    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. Soldierverb

    to serve as a soldier

  7. Soldierverb

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

  8. Etymology: [OE. souldier, soudiour, souder, OF. soldier, soldoier, soldeier, sodoier, soudoier, soudier, fr. L. solidus a piece of money (hence applied to the pay of a soldier), fr. solidus solid. See Solid, and cf. Sold, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Soldier

    sōl′jėr, n. a man engaged in military service: a private, as distinguished from an officer: a man of much military experience or of great valour: a soldier-ant, beetle, hermit-crab, &c.: (slang) a red herring.—v.i. to serve as a soldier: to bully: to shirk one's work or duty: (slang) to take a mount on another man's horse.—ns. Sol′dier-crab, a hermit-crab; Sol′diering, the state of being a soldier: the occupation of a soldier.—adjs. Sol′dier-like, Sol′dierly, like a soldier: martial: brave.—ns. Sol′dier-of-for′tune, one ready to serve anywhere for pay or his own advancement; Sol′diership, state or quality of being a soldier: military qualities: martial skill; Sol′diery, soldiers collectively: the body of military men; Fresh′water-sol′dier, the Stratiotes aloides, a European aquatic plant with sword-shaped leaves.—Come the old soldier over one, to impose on any one.—Old soldier, a bottle emptied at a sitting: a cigar-stump. [O. Fr. soldier (Fr. soldat)—L. solidus, a piece of money, the pay of a soldier.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. soldier

    One that has enlisted to serve his government in peace or war; receiving pay, and subject to the Mutiny Act and Articles of War.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. soldier

    Is one who enters into an obligation to some chieftain or government to devote for a specified period his whole energies, and even if necessary his life itself, to the furtherance of the policy of that chief or government. The consideration may be immediate pay, or prospective reward; or the contract may be merely an act of loyal devotion. The acknowledgment of the service by the employer constitutes the man a recognized soldier, and empowers him to take life in open warfare, without being liable to the penalties of an assassin and a robber. The fact of being mercenary—that is, of receiving wages for killing and being killed—does not render a soldier’s trade less honorable. He bears arms that others may be able to do without them; he is precluded by the exigencies of military training from maintaining himself by peaceful occupation; and it is therefore but fair that those whom he protects should support him, and give him, over and above actual maintenance, reasonable wages for the continual risk of his life. If a man willingly enlist himself as a soldier in what he believes to be an unrighteous cause, it is an act of moral turpitude; but when once enlisted, the soldier ceases to be morally responsible for the justice or iniquity of the war he wages; that rests with his employer. Obedience, implicit and entire, is his sole virtue. The maxim is, “The military force never deliberates, but always obeys.” Brother soldier is a term of affection which is commonly used by one who serves under the same banners, and fights for the same cause, with another. In a more extensive signification, it means any military man with respect to another.

Rap Dictionary

  1. soldiernoun


  2. soldiernoun

    Member of a gang/crew.

Editors Contribution

  1. soldiernoun

    Personified arbitrary name representing a Nation who strongly opposes change or someone who continues to support something in spite of opposition. 1.) A person who serves in an army. A private in an army.

    I am a soldier of love.

    Etymology: Saint

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on February 21, 2024  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of soldier in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of soldier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of soldier in a Sentence

  1. Greg Abbott:

    Our hearts are heavy at the news of the tragic death of a Texas Guardsman stationed at the border as part of Operation Lone Star. We grieve for the soldier who died and lift their family and loved ones up in prayer, the Texas National Guard plays an important role in our efforts to keep communities safe and we are grateful for their courage and commitment. The Texas Rangers will conduct a thorough investigation into this tragedy and the Texas Military Department is taking action to ensure such loss of life never happens again.

  2. Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas:

    The soldier is in the hands of the FARC, it has confirmed as much to his family and has said it will hand him over quickly. The Red Cross has been contacted by the military to arrange the operation, which I hope will be in the coming hours.

  3. Joe Manchin:

    She has been a true soldier and done her job, she truly has, everything I've seen. But there's going to be other people that might have a different twist, I want to listen to them, but I believe -- I hope they show her the respect.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

  5. Bergdahl Obama:

    We still get an American soldier back if he's held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don't condition that.

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