What does soldier mean?

Definitions for soldier
ˈsoʊl dʒərsol·dier

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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


  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

  8. Origin: [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.

British National Corpus

  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. Nora Sithole:

    I will soldier on.

  2. Robert Valentine:

    I'm just a soldier.

  3. Ashley Marshall:

    He’s the all-American soldier.

  4. Marvel Studios:

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

  5. Gayla Spivey:

    He was a brave soldier up until the end.

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