- 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.
- 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 of soldierMiddle 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.
- One who serves in an army.
- An enlisted person or a noncommissioned officer.
- An active, loyal, or militant follower of an organization.
- a. A nonreproductive ant or termite that has a large head and powerful jaws.b. One of a group of honeybees that swarm in defense of a hive.
intransitive verbsol·diered, sol·dier·ing, sol·diers
- To be or serve as a soldier.
- To make a show of working in order to escape punishment.
Origin of soldierMiddle 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.
- A member of an army, of any rank.
- A private in military service, as distinguished from an officer.
- A guardsman.
- A member of the Salvation Army.
- (UK, New Zealand) A piece of buttered bread (toast), cut into a long thin strip and dipped into a soft-boiled egg.
- A term of affection for a young boy.
- Someone who fights or toils well.
- The red or cuckoo gurnard (Trigla pini).
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present soldiers, present participle soldiering, simple past and past participle soldiered)
- To continue.
- To be a soldier.
- 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.)