soldier

EnglishEdit

Soldiers.

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English soudeour, from Anglo-Norman soudeer or soudeour 'mercenary', from Medieval Latin soldarius 'soldier (one having pay)', from Late Latin solidus, a type of coin.

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NounEdit

soldier (plural soldiers)

  1. A member of an army, of any rank.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      I am a soldier and unapt to weep.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
    • 2012, August 1. Owen Gibson in Guardian Unlimited, London 2012: rowers Glover and Stanning win Team GB's first gold medal
      Stanning, who was commissioned from Sandhurst in 2008 and has served in Aghanistan, is not the first solider to bail out the organisers at these Games but will be among the most celebrated.
  2. A private in military service, as distinguished from an officer.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
      It were meet that any one, before he came to be a captain, should have been a soldier.
  3. A guardsman.
  4. A member of the Salvation Army.
  5. (UK, New Zealand) A piece of buttered bread (or toast), cut into a long thin strip and dipped into a soft-boiled egg.
  6. A term of affection for a young boy.
  7. Someone who fights or toils well.
  8. The red or cuckoo gurnard (Trigla pini).
  9. One of the asexual polymorphic forms of white ants, or termites, in which the head and jaws are very large and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest.

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VerbEdit

soldier (third-person singular simple present soldiers, present participle soldiering, simple past and past participle soldiered)

  1. To continue.
  2. To be a soldier.
  3. To intentionally restrict labor productivity; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished. Has also been called dogging it or goldbricking. (Originally from the way that conscripts may approach following orders. Usage less prevalent in the era of all-volunteer militaries.)

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Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 08:28