Definition of the Unknown Soldier noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Unknown Soldier

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a soldier who has been killed in a war, whose body has not been identified, and who is buried in special ceremony. The Unknown Soldier is a symbol for all the soldiers killed in a particular war or in wars generally the tomb of the Unknown Soldier Culture The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a grave inside Westminster Abbey, London, England, which contains the body of an unknown British soldier who died in the First World War. The grave represents the many other soldiers who died, especially those whose bodies were never identified. There is a similar grave at the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, US, now called officially the Tomb of the Unknowns, where unknown US soldiers killed in war are buried.
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