Hebrew

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Root
ח־ו־ל (kh-w-l)

Noun

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חייל / חַיָּל (khayálm (plural indefinite חיילים / חַיָּלִים, singular construct חייל / חַיַּל־, feminine counterpart חיילת / חַיֶּלֶת) [pattern: קַטָּל]

  1. soldier
  2. (chess) pawn

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Verb

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חייל / חִיֵּל (khiyél) (pi'el construction)

  1. (transitive) to enlist someone

References

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  • חייל” in the Hebrew Terms Database of the Academy of Hebrew Language

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Yiddish

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Hebrew חַיִל (army, strength).

Noun

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חייל (khayeln, plural חיילות (khayoles)

  1. army
  2. military
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