[ sohl-jer ]
/ ˈsoʊl dʒər /
a person who serves in an army; a person engaged in military service.
an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer: the soldiers' mess and the officers' mess.
a person of military skill or experience: George Washington was a great soldier.
a person who contends or serves in any cause: a soldier of the Lord.
Also called button man. Slang. a low-ranking member of a crime organization or syndicate.
- 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.
a brick laid vertically with the narrower long face out.Compare rowlock(def 2).
Informal. a person who avoids work or pretends to work; loafer; malingerer.
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.
soldier on, to persist steadfastly in one's work; persevere: to soldier on until the work is done.
Words nearby soldier
Origin of soldier
OTHER WORDS FROM soldiersol·dier·ship, nounnon·sol·dier, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for soldier on (1 of 2)
(intr, adverb) to persist in one's efforts in spite of difficulties, pressure, etc
British Dictionary definitions for soldier on (2 of 2)
/ (ˈsəʊldʒə) /
- 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
a person who works diligently for a cause
a low-ranking member of the Mafia or other organized crime ring
- 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
informal a strip of bread or toast that is dipped into a soft-boiled egg
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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