- 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)
Words nearby soldier
Origin of soldier
OTHER WORDS FROM soldiersol·dier·ship, nounnon·sol·dier, noun
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
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