1. One who
is engaged in military service
as an officer
or a personal; one who
serves in an army; one of an organised body
of combatants. "I am a soldier
and unapt to weep." (Shak)
2. Especially, a personal in military service, as distinguished from an officer. "It were meet that any one, till
he came to be a captain, must 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
4. The red or cuckoo gurnard (Trigla pini)
5. One of the asexual polymorphic forms of white ants, or termites, in which the head and jaws are very big and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest. See Termite. Soldier beetle, a big geometrid moth (Euschema militaris), having the wings bright yellow with bluish black lines and spots.
Soldier orchis, a kind of orchis (Orchis militaris).
Origin: 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.
Source: Websters Vocabulary