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soldier

[ sohl-jer ]
/ ˈsoʊl dʒər /
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noun
verb (used without object)
to act or serve as a soldier.
Informal. to loaf while pretending to work; malinger: He was soldiering on the job.
Verb Phrases
soldier on, to persist steadfastly in one's work; persevere: to soldier on until the work is done.
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Origin of soldier

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English souldiour, from Old French soudier, so(i)dier, equivalent to soulde “pay” (from Latin solidus; see sol2) + -ier -ier2

OTHER WORDS FROM soldier

sol·dier·ship, nounnon·sol·dier, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for soldier

soldier
/ (ˈsəʊldʒə) /

noun
verb (intr)
to serve as a soldier
obsolete, slang to malinger or shirk

Word Origin for soldier

C13: from Old French soudier, from soude (army) pay, from Late Latin solidus a gold coin, from Latin: firm
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