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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: soudier, from soulde 'pay', from Late Latin solidus 'gold coin', from Latin solidus (adjective); SOLID1


1 noun
Related topics: Occupations, Army
sol‧dier1 S2 W2 [countable]
PMABO a member of the army of a country, especially someone who is not an officer [↪ troop]:
A British soldier was wounded in the fighting.
an enemy soldier
similar words: armed forces, the military, the services

people in the army: soldier, troops, infantry, G.I. AmE old-fashioned, squaddy British English

to join the army: join up/enlist

to leave the army: be discharged, desert (without permission)
go A.W.O.L.
(without permission)

to make people serve in the armed forces: call up British English/draft American English

the system of making people serve in the armed forces: conscription, military service, the draft American English, national service British English

relating to the armed forces: military

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