Definition of soldier noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsəʊldʒə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊldʒər//
The army
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 a member of an army, especially one who is not an officer soldiers in uniform soldiers on duty see also foot soldier See related entries: The army Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French soldier, from soulde ‘(soldier's) pay’, from Latin solidus ‘solid’. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.Extra examples At least 19 people were killed when soldiers opened fire on a peaceful demonstration. Boys are forced to become child soldiers. He decided to enlist as a soldier. He has led American soldiers into battle. He was deeply affected by the death of one of his fellow soldiers. Sharon has served as a soldier. The minister paid tribute to the brave soldiers who had lost their lives. The number of active-duty soldiers has continued to rise. The number of soldiers enlisting has fallen dramatically. We don’t have enough soldiers in the field. We saw very few enemy soldiers in uniform. What was life like for the common soldier? a highly decorated soldier a realistic portrait of soldiers at war his time as a soldier little boys playing soldiers soldiers loyal to the president soldiers returning from the war soldiers serving in Germany
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