• Suvaroff makes a speech to some of his soldiers
    Suvaroff makes a speech to some of his soldiers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v soldier serve as a soldier in the military
    • n soldier a wingless sterile ant or termite having a large head and powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony
    • n soldier an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army "the soldiers stood at attention"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Soldier. Arikara Soldier. Arikara
Soldier. Dakota and Arikara Soldier. Dakota and Arikara
Johnny Poe, football player and soldier Johnny Poe, football player and soldier
The Soldier Lays a Honey Trap The Soldier Lays a Honey Trap
The king and his son surrounded by soldiers The king and his son surrounded by soldiers
Samnite Soldier Samnite Soldier

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: French soldiers during World War I had the nickname "poilu" which translates to "hairy one."
    • Soldier A brave warrior; a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor; -- used by way of emphasis or distinction.
    • Soldier Especially, a private in military service, as distinguished from an officer. "It were meet that any one, before he came to be a captain, should have been a soldier ."
    • Soldier (Zoöl) 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. See Termite.
    • Soldier One who is engaged in military service as an officer or a private; one who serves in an army; one of an organized body of combatants. "I am a soldier and unapt to weep."
    • Soldier (Zoöl) The red or cuckoo gurnard (Trigla pini
    • Soldier To make a pretense of doing something, or of performing any task. "It needs an opera glass to discover whether the leaders are pulling, or only soldiering ."
    • Soldier To serve as a soldier.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Soldiers disease is a term for morphine addiction. The Civil War produced over 400,000 morphine addicts
    • n soldier One who receives pay, especially for military service.
    • n soldier A person in military service One whose business is warfare, as opposed to a civilian.
    • n soldier One who serves in the land forces, as opposed to one serving at sea.
    • n soldier Hence, one who obeys the commands and contends in the cause of another.
    • n soldier One of the rank and file, or sometimes including non-commissioned officers as opposed to commissioned officers.
    • n soldier Emphatically, a brave warrior; a man of military experience, skill, or genius; a man of distinguished valor; one possessing the distinctive carriage, looks, habits, or traits of those who make a profession of military service: as, he is every inch a soldier.
    • n soldier In zoology: One of that section of a colony of some kinds of ants which does the fighting, takes slaves, etc.; a soldier-ant.
    • n soldier The corresponding form in a colony of white ants or termites.
    • n soldier A soldier-beetle.
    • n soldier A sort of hermit-crab; also, a fiddler-crab.
    • n soldier The red gurnard, Trigla cuculus.
    • n soldier A red herring.
    • n soldier One who makes a pretense of working, but is really of little or no use; one who works no more than is necessary to secure pay. See soger, 2.
    • n soldier plural A name of the red campion (Lychnis diurna), of the ribwort (Plantago lanceolata), and of various other plants. Britten and Holland, Eng. Plant Names.
    • n soldier The stump, or unsmoked part, of a cigar. See snipe, 3.
    • soldier To serve as a soldier: as, to go soldiering.
    • soldier To bully; hector.
    • soldier To make a pretense or show of working, so as to be kept upon the pay-roll; shirk; feign sickness; malinger. See soger, 2.
    • soldier To make temporary use of (another man's horse). Thus, a man wanting a mount catches the first horse he can, rides it to his destination, and then lets it go.
    • n soldier A scorpænoid fish, Gymnapistes marmoratus, of Tasmania.
    • n soldier A labroid fish, Pseudolabrus miles, of New Zealand.
    • n soldier A percoid fish, Etheostoma cœruleum, of the United States.
    • n soldier An artificial fly used in bass-fishing.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soldier Field is the oldest field in the NFL
    • n Soldier sōl′jėr a man engaged in military service: a private, as distinguished from an officer: a man of much military experience or of great valour: a soldier-ant, beetle, hermit-crab, &c.:
    • v.i Soldier to serve as a soldier: to bully: to shirk one's work or duty:
    • n Soldier sōl′jėr (slang) a red herring
    • v.i Soldier (slang) to take a mount on another man's horse
    • ***


  • John Dryden
    “Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?”
  • Mary Stewart
    Mary Stewart
    “There are few men more superstitious than soldiers. They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.”
  • A. J. P. Taylor
    A. J. P. Taylor
    “Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. souldier, soudiour, souder, OF. soldier, soldoier, soldeier, sodoier, soudoier, soudier, fr. L. solidus, a piece of money (hence applied to the pay of a soldier), fr. solidus, solid. See Solid, and cf. Sold (n.)


In literature:

As the fair spring days came back and green began to put out from the fields, the soldiers returned to their duty.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
But this is only the beginning for the ambitious soldier in the ranks.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Cyrus had learned from his residence on the Mediterranean coast, how far superior Greek soldiers were to the troops of Persia.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
Bill was a splendid soldier, seldom sick, and always performed his soldier duties cheerfully and without grumbling.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
A soldier should be soldierly in dress, soldierly in carriage, soldierly in courtesies.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It seemed to the boys that to be a soldier was the noblest thing on earth; and that this regiment could do anything.
"Two Little Confederates" by Thomas Nelson Page
A native corporal and two soldiers stood at the palisade which circled the Hostage House.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
The soldiers of the government were upon him, and he had only some two hundred followers left.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
A soldier rarely refuses beer when offered to him.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
He's a soldier all the way through, going and coming, and the first characteristic of a real soldier is honesty.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock

In poetry:

Belshazzar's dead.
The wretched king breathed out his furious soul
In that tremendous groan.
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
He welcom'd them with soldier glee,
And sought to charm away their toil;
But none, on Guyon's clouded face,
Had ever seen a smile!
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
And many a dark and stormy night
He thinks of his sweetheart Nell
And the soldier who came to see him off
And wish him - a soldiers farewell.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
He died, as soldiers die, amid the strife,
Mindful of England in his latest prayer;
God, of His love, would have so fair a life
Crowned with a death as fair.
"To The Memory Of Field-Marshall Earl Roberts" by Sir Owen Seaman
Though the foe may rage and gather as the flood,
Let the standard be displayed;
And beneath its folds, as soldiers of the Lord,
For the truth be not dismayed!
"The Banner Of The Cross" by Daniel Webster Moody
I see in my fancy days long past,
I hear the brave soldier's song,
The bugle that summoned hosts at its blast,
Whose notes died in echoes the green shores along.
"Lake George, N. Y." by Jared Barhite

In news:

President Obama on Wednesday will bestow the nation's highest military honor for valor on a soldier who died after saving the lives of 22 men in Afghanistan.
Soldiers used to wear bold, colorful headwear.
Is that really something you want a soldier to do.
It'll be interesting to see what the first soldiers to use these binoculars have to say about them.
A soldier dad from Kentucky gave his two sons a birthday surprise last week that they'll likely never forget.
And Iraqi soldiers trying to take control of Baqubah have killed at least 49 people and captured dozens, US officials say.
I'll be heading down to Soldier Field in a few hours to take in Bears-Lions, and then I'll be in Minnesota on Monday night for Packers-Vikings.
Big news for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
At Tuesday's premiere of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in Hollywood, the 22-year-old told Us Weekly that he "will be naked in 3D" for his role in 2012's Nurse.
Paul Barabani, the Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers'.
An Associated Press file photo of US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Indonesian soldiers hold the burnt cockpit voice recorder of a Sukhoi Superjet-100 that crashed into a mountain in West Java last week.
Thomas Lamont, the assistant secretary of the Army, told lawmakers that the Army may have to lay off as many as 30,000 soldiers in its attempt to trim its ranks and meet budget cuts.
Soldiers with the Army's 173rd Airborne meet Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in December.
US Army soldiers in Panjwai, Afghanistan.

In science:

Group testing was proposed during World War II as a technique for reducing the costs of syphilis tests in the army by simultaneously testing groups of soldiers [Dor43].
Estimating Random Variables from Random Sparse Observations
JL is supported by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lyons Fellowship and the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology.
A Prototype Detector for Directional Measurement of the Cosmogenic Neutron Flux
The search for gravitational radiation soldiers on.
Astrophysics in 2005
Meanwhile, traditional ways of measuring and modeling the universe soldier (sailor, Marine, and airforce) on.
Astrophysics in 2006
The American Soldier, volume I: Adjustment during Army Life.
Annotated Bibliography of Some Papers on Combining Significances or p-values