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[sohl-jer-lee] /ˈsoʊl dʒər li/
of, like, or befitting a soldier.
Origin of soldierly
1570-80; soldier + -ly
Related forms
soldierliness, noun Unabridged
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  • She looked at the handsome, soldierly figure for a while with a strange expression, and then awoke him.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • soldierly men they were, too, for they made no complaint, but Ulick was not one of them.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • I was very glad to inspect your battalion and I was much struck with the soldierly appearance presented by the men.

    With the Judans in the Palestine Campaign J. H. (John Henry) Patterson
  • He looked slim and soldierly in his well-made evening clothes.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Something of the soldierly bearing of his father had been his heritage likewise.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • But he carried himself with soldierly uprightness, and his speech was brisk.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for soldierly


of or befitting a good soldier
Derived Forms
soldierliness, noun
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