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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sol"dier
  1. 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." [Shak.]
  2. 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." [Spenser.]
  3. A brave warrior; a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor; -- used by way of emphasis or distinction.
  4. [Zoöl] The red or cuckoo gurnard (Trigla pini (Prov. Eng)
  5. [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.

Etymology: 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.)

verb Sol"dier
  1. To serve as a soldier.
  2. To make a pretense of doing something, or of performing any task.(Colloq.U.S)"It needs an opera glass to discover whether the leaders are pulling, or only soldiering." [C. D. Warner.]

Note: ☞ In this sense the vulgar pronounciation sō"jẽr is jocosely preserved.

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  1. A wingless sterile ant or termite having a large head and powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony
  2. An enlisted man or woman who serves in an army ("the soldiers stood at attention")
  3. Serve as a soldier in the military
  1. A city in Iowa.
  2. A city in Kansas.
  3. An unincorporated community and coal town in Kentucky.

Notable Persons Named Soldier

Soldier Wilson was a soccer player for the Raith Rovers F.C., Dundee F.C., Heart of Midlothian F.C., Hull City A.F.C., and Leeds City F.C. Soldier was born on July 23rd, 1883 in Hebburn, England. He passed away on October 27th, 1906.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Soldier

Unknown Soldier is a comics character.


Dave Soldier is an experimental music, worldbeat, classical music, and alternative rock musician and composer. He plays Violin, Keyboard instrument, Guitar, Banjo, and Electronics. He was most prominent from 1988 to present. Dave was born on November 6th, 1956. Dave is also known as David Sulzer, Sulzer, and David.


Michael was born on September 23rd, 1967.


Coptic Soldier is a hip hop music musician. He was most prominent from 2005 to present. Coptic was given the name Luke George Girgis on August 20th, 1987. Coptic is also known as Shmirgis and Coptic Soldier.


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Liaquat Ali was an actor and comedian. He was most prominent from 1973 to 2011. Liaquat was given the name Liaquat Soldier in 1952 in Karachi. He passed away on March 30th, 2011.


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Fun Facts about the name Soldier

  • When was the first name Soldier first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Soldier is Tuesday, January 28th, 1908.
  • How unique is the name Soldier? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Soldier. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Soldier: Your name in reverse order is Reidlos. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oiersdl. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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