a person who serves in an army; a person engaged in military service.
an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer:
the soldiers’ mess and the officers’ mess.
a person of military skill or experience:
George Washington was a great soldier.
a person who contends or serves in any cause:
a soldier of the Lord.
Also called button man. Slang. a low-ranking member of a crime organization or syndicate.
a member of a caste of sexually underdeveloped female ants or termites specialized, as with powerful jaws, to defend the colony from invaders.
a similar member of a caste of worker bees, specialized to protect the hive.
a brick laid vertically with the narrower long face out.
Compare rowlock (def 2).
Informal. a person who avoids work or pretends to work; loafer; malingerer.
verb (used without object)
to act or serve as a soldier.
Informal. to loaf while pretending to work; malinger:
He was soldiering on the job.
soldier on, to persist steadfastly in one’s work; persevere:
to soldier on until the work is done.
a person who serves or has served in an army
Also called common soldier. a noncommissioned member of an army as opposed to a commissioned officer
a person who works diligently for a cause
a low-ranking member of the Mafia or other organized crime ring
an individual in a colony of social insects, esp ants, that has powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony, crushing large food particles, etc
(as modifier): soldier ant
(informal) a strip of bread or toast that is dipped into a soft-boiled egg
to serve as a soldier
(obsolete, slang) to malinger or shirk
- Soldier bird
noun 1. (Austral) another name for noisy miner
- Soldier crab
noun 1. a small blue Australian estuarine crab of the Mictyris genus usually found in large numbers
noun, plural (especially collectively) soldierfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) soldierfishes. 1. any of several squirrelfishes of the family Holocentridae. 2. any of various other brightly colored fishes.
noun 1. any of several flies of the family Stratiomyidae, characterized by brightly colored abdominal stripes.