an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army, especially in World War II.
Origin of GI Joe
First recorded in 1940–45
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US informal a US enlisted soldier; a GI
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A nickname for United States soldiers, particularly during World War II. GI is short for government issue, a descriptive term for supplies distributed by the government.
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