noun, plural sol·dier·ies for 2.

soldiers collectively.
a body of soldiers.
military training or skill.

Origin of soldiery

First recorded in 1560–70; soldier + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soldiery

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

soldiers collectively
a group of soldiers
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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