- The definition of a soldier is a person who serves in the military.
A man or a woman serving in the Army is an example of a soldier.
- To soldier is to serve in an army or to persevere and continue on with something that is difficult.
When you are faced with obstacles to a project and you just keep on going and working through, this is an example of a time when you soldier on with your project.
A row of soldiers.
soldier definition by Webster's New World
- a person serving in an army; member of an army
- an enlisted person, as distinguished from one holding a warrant or commission
- any low-ranking member of a Mafia family
- one who has much military experience or military skill
- a person who works zealously for a specified cause
- an ant or termite of a caste having an enlarged head and jaws and serving as fighters in defense of the colony
Origin: Middle English soldiour ; from Old French soldier ; from solde, coin, pay ; from Late Latin solidus: see solidus
- to serve as a soldier
- to proceed stubbornly or doggedly: usually with on
- to shirk one's duty, as by making a pretense of working, feigning illness, etc.
soldier definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One who serves in an army.
- An enlisted person or a noncommissioned officer.
- An active, loyal, or militant follower of an organization.
- a. A sexually undeveloped form of certain ants and termites, having large heads and powerful jaws.b. One of a group of honeybees that swarm in defense of a hive.
- To be or serve as a soldier.
- To make a show of working in order to escape punishment.
Origin: Middle English soudier, mercenary, from Anglo-Norman soudeour, soldeier and Old French soudoior, soudier, both from Old French sol, soud, sou, from Late Latin solidum, soldum, pay, from solidus, solidus; see solidus.
- solˈdier·shipˌ noun