- 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)
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Origin of soldier
OTHER WORDS FROM soldiersol·dier·ship, nounnon·sol·dier, noun
Words nearby soldier
Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for soldiership
- 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