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Unknown Soldier

an unidentified soldier killed in battle and buried with honors, the tomb serving as a memorial to all the unidentified dead of a nation's armed forces. The tomb of the American Unknown Soldier, commemorating a serviceman killed in World War I, was established in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in 1921. In 1958, the remains of personnel of World War II and the Korean War were buried alongside the tomb (now called the Tomb of the Unknowns, ). In 1984, a serviceman of the Vietnam War was interred next to the others.
Also called, British, Unknown Warrior.
Origin of Unknown Soldier
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In this way I was taken out of the trenches on the back of an Unknown Soldier.

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  • It is enough, it is better that we should know him as "the Unknown Soldier."

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  • Hitherto we have spoken of the unknown orphan—we must now speak of an Unknown Soldier.

  • There is a small wooden cross on which is written: "Here lies an Unknown Soldier."

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  • The Unknown Soldier stands for us as symbol of this blind and far-reaching fury of modern conflict.

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  • The body of the Unknown Soldier has come home, but his spirit will wander with his brothers.

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British Dictionary definitions for Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier

(in various countries) an unidentified soldier who has died in battle and for whom a tomb is established as a memorial to other unidentified dead of the nation's armed forces
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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