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Soldiers.

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English soudeour, from Old French soudier 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.
  2. A private in military service, as distinguished from an officer.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Edmund Spenser
      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. (Britain, New Zealand) A piece of buttered bread (or toast), cut into a long thin strip for dipping 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 (Chelidonichthys cuculus).
  9. One of the asexual polymorphic forms of termites, in which the head and jaws are very large and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest.

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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.

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Originally from the way that conscripts may approach following orders. Usage less prevalent in the era of all-volunteer militaries.

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