Pronunciation: (sōl'jur), [key]
1. a person who serves in an army; a person engaged in military service.
2. an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer: the soldiers' mess and the officers' mess.
3. a person of military skill or experience: George Washington was a great soldier.
4. a person who contends or serves in any cause: a soldier of the Lord.
5. Also called button man. Slang.a low-ranking member of a crime organization or syndicate.
6. Entomol.a member of a caste of sexually underdeveloped female ants or termites specialized, as with powerful jaws, to defend the colony from invaders.
7. a brick laid vertically with the narrower long face out. Cf. rowlock (def. 2).
8. Informal.a person who avoids work or pretends to work; loafer; malingerer.
1. to act or serve as a soldier.
2. Informal.to loaf while pretending to work; malinger: He was soldiering on the job.
3. soldier on,to persist steadfastly in one's work; persevere: to soldier on until the work is done.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.