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.
Verb phrases
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
verb (intransitive)
to serve as a soldier
(obsolete, slang) to malinger or shirk


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