- a member of a caste of sexually underdeveloped female ants or termites specialized, as with powerful jaws, to defend the colony from invaders.
- a similar member of a caste of worker bees, specialized to protect the hive.
verb (used without object)
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Origin of soldier
OTHER WORDS FROM soldiersol·dier·ship, nounnon·sol·dier, noun
Words nearby soldier
Example sentences from the Web for soldier
The shading of a cell indicates the number of soldiers placed.
That year, the Union Army furnished some 2,020 artificial legs and 1,441 artificial arms to its soldiers.Times of strife can lead to medical innovation—when governments are willing|By Jeffrey Clemens/The Conversation|September 9, 2020|Popular Science
Take, for instance, the financial hit that the United States carries each time one of its former soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan commits violent crimes back on the home front.
Getting a haircut is supposed to be a risky act tantamount to being a soldier at war.
A soldier who loses a leg and a soldier who returns home safe to a new baby will generally, a year or two later, be roughly as happy as they were before those events.The scariest thing about global warming (and Covid-19)|David Roberts|July 7, 2020|Vox
A soldier in the service of ideals and aspirations that formed his core.
The story of the soldier returning home to a country he no longer recognizes is a very old one.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sabrine reports that the latest demands by ISIS militants are three prisoners for every captive soldier.
In their midst stands a soldier with the Lebanese armed forces in a red beret, sporting an assault rifle and an unblinking stare.
The families had gathered that Sunday to remember Ali Bazzal, a soldier whom the Nusra Front declared they had executed on Dec. 6.
After relievedly giving the pistol to the nearest soldier, he stumbled quickly over to Brion and took his hand.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Captain Duffield wrote two messages, giving one to Harry, and the other to the soldier who was to accompany him.
To Harry's surprise, the soldier detailed to go with him proved to be a boy, not much older than himself.
The other was the spirited portrait of Baron von Friedericks, a happy combination of cavalier and soldier in its manly strength.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
Heavy firing continued all that afternoon, inflicting great loss on the rebels, whilst the Spaniards lost one soldier.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for soldier
- a person who serves or has served in an army
- Also called: common soldier a noncommissioned member of an army as opposed to a commissioned officer
- an individual in a colony of social insects, esp ants, that has powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony, crushing large food particles, etc
- (as modifier)soldier ant