Pronunciation: (sōl'jur),[key] —n. 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.
—v.i. 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.