- 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)
- sold out,
- soldering iron,
- soldier beetle,
- soldier bird,
- soldier crab,
- soldier fly,
- soldier of fortune
Origin of soldier
Examples from the Web for soldiership
If the Mexicans had a spark of courage or soldiership about them, our fate was sealed.
He began life as a soldier, and finished his soldiership in the most brilliant victory of his day—the battle of Quebec.
In statesmanship as in soldiership, he was the friend and follower of Washington.
I had already so much of soldiership as to know that it is well to master the ins and cuts and roundabouts of a strange house.The Yeoman Adventurer|George W. Gough
Part of them had been too brave and part too irresolute, and there was no soldiership in their manner of obeying.With the Black Prince|William Osborn Stoddard
- 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
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.