Origin of soldiering
- 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)
Origin of soldier
Examples from the Web for soldiering
Contemporary Examples of soldiering
Reprinted with permission from WWII: A Chronicle of Soldiering by James Jones, published by the University of Chicago Press.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
But the confusion points to more serious problems with how our society thinks about both sex and soldiering.Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters
Aaron B. O’Connell
June 27, 2014
But there are two other candidates as well who are soldiering along without any national attention.Nebraska’s GOP Cage Match
March 21, 2014
As a teenager he developed a passion for soldiering, or, rather, the idea of it.Proof of Life: America’s last POW
January 16, 2014
ABC is soldiering on with the series, even though, with the loss of Oh, it will be on creative life support.Pull the Plug on 'Grey's Anatomy'
August 16, 2013
Historical Examples of soldiering
Those months passed pleasantly, and will ever be remembered as the best part of our three years' soldiering.Campaign of the Fourteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers
J. Newton Terrill
He loves the noise of soldiering—he do; and if he thought you was going away without him, he'd break his heart, Mr. Cecil, sir.Under Two Flags
Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
General Sterling Price was a civilian who by natural inclination turned to soldiering.The Civil War Through the Camera
Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
He had studied his trade of soldiering since he was old enough to talk.A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines
Or, to a friend of soldiering days: "Four blackguard boys and only a brace of the Plentiful Sex!"Mount Music
E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
- a person who serves or has served in an army
- Also called: common soldiera 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
Word Origin for soldier
c.1300, souder, from Old French soudier, soldier "one who serves in the army for pay," from Medieval Latin soldarius "a soldier" (cf. Spanish soldado, Italian soldato and French soldat "soldier," which is borrowed from Italian), literally "one having pay," from Late Latin soldum, extended sense of accusative of Latin solidus, name of a Roman gold coin (see solidus). The -l- has been regular in English since mid-14c., in imitation of Latin. Willie and Joe always say sojer in the Bill Mauldin cartoons, and this seems to mirror 16c.-17c. spellings sojar, soger, sojour.
"to serve as a soldier," 1640s, from soldier (n.). Related: Soldiered; soldiering. To soldier on "persist doggedly" is attested from 1954.