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noun, plural sol·dier·ies for 2.
  1. soldiers collectively.
  2. a body of soldiers.
  3. military training or skill.
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Origin of soldiery

First recorded in 1560–70; soldier + -ry
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Related Words for soldiery

artillery, corps, company, infantry, squad, command, battalion, navy, force, troop, service, army, team, crew, delegation, contingent, gang, party, military, unit

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Historical Examples of soldiery

  • The Spaniards give place to none in the reputation of soldiery.

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • Let your soldiery patrol the streets and search every house from top to bottom.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • Is it not permitted that I speak with the captain of the soldiery who escort me?

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • There was, then, considerable discontent among the British soldiery.

  • I knew too well the ruffian natures of the soldiery to hazard such a risk.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for soldiery


noun plural -dieries
  1. soldiers collectively
  2. a group of soldiers
  3. the profession of being a soldier
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Word Origin and History for soldiery


1560s, from Middle French souderie or else a native formation from soldier + -y (1).

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