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[sohl-jer-lee] /ˈsoʊl dʒər li/
of, like, or befitting a soldier.
Origin of soldierly
First recorded in 1570-80; soldier + -ly
Related forms
soldierliness, noun Unabridged
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  • A soldierly compound of vanity, duty and the gambler's hope.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Major Harper, the oldest, most refined and most soldierly of them all, was also the handsomest.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Yet it is the fortune of war, and I should pay for my want of all soldierly caution.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But he carried himself with soldierly uprightness, and his speech was brisk.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • They were a fine looking lot of men, bronzed and weather-beaten and soldierly.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • The adjutant's last order crisped, coldly metallic, soldierly as ever.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
British Dictionary definitions for soldierly


of or befitting a good soldier
Derived Forms
soldierliness, noun
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