of, like, or befitting a soldier.

Origin of soldierly

First recorded in 1570–80; soldier + -ly
Related formssol·dier·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soldierly

Contemporary Examples of soldierly

Historical Examples of soldierly

  • A soldierly compound of vanity, duty and the gambler's hope.

  • Major Harper, the oldest, most refined and most soldierly of them all, was also the handsomest.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Yet it is the fortune of war, and I should pay for my want of all soldierly caution.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But he carried himself with soldierly uprightness, and his speech was brisk.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • They were a fine looking lot of men, bronzed and weather-beaten and soldierly.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

British Dictionary definitions for soldierly



of or befitting a good soldier
Derived Formssoldierliness, noun
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