Definition of Unknown Soldier in English:

Unknown Soldier

(also Unknown Warrior)


  • An unidentified representative member of a country's armed forces killed in war, given burial with special honours in a national memorial.

    • ‘Family members, friends, and unit representatives laid wreaths at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier during private ceremonies for the three men.’
    • ‘Tomorrow the Unknown Warrior is going to be interred in the National War Memorial.’
    • ‘The funeral parade of The Unknown Soldier passes across Key Bridge toward Virginia and Arlington National Cemetery.’
    • ‘Up north of the city is the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, beside a small museum on Jordan's military history.’
    • ‘They will attend the Korean War Memorial and Arlington Cemetery to pay their respects at the grave of Gen. John J. Pershing and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.’
    • ‘He will be based at Buckingham Palace and undertake a series of sombre duties, including visits to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the memorial to the Britons killed in the September 11 attack, and relatives of Britons killed in Iraq.’
    • ‘The meeting followed his laying of a wreath, which he dedicated to Sgt Russell at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.’
    • ‘He and the other leaders laid red carnations and a huge carpet of red roses at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin Wall to honour soldiers who perished in World War II.’
    • ‘There is immense symbolism in this occasion, but for me what is most tragic is that the conflict that the Unknown Warrior was killed in was not ‘the war to end all wars’.’
    • ‘To the left is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by smartly uniformed Polish soldiers whose comrades are now serving in Iraq.’
    • ‘This and subsequent ceremonies portrayed the Unknown Soldier as representative of a national vision transcending class, ethnic, racial, regional, and religious differences.’
    • ‘Today President Bush laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.’
    • ‘Haworth celebrated the Jubilee with a historical pageant of tableaux representing such events and personalities of the reign as Amy Johnson and the burial of the Unknown Warrior.’
    • ‘By 1933 trees had been planted in Washington to honor the mothers of presidents, mothers of the nation, and the mother of the Unknown Soldier buried at Arlington Cemetery.’
    • ‘Tombs of the Unknown Soldier thus translate the private suffering of war into transcendental sources of collective identity.’
    • ‘Early Wednesday morning at Arlington National Cemetery, just down from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, on the 25th anniversary of his death, a wreath was laid upon the grave of Joe Louis.’
    • ‘If we salute the Unknown Warrior we must also commit to perpetuate the values that that warrior stood for, and that our society should unstintingly support.’
    • ‘To represent the sacrifice of the average soldier, Congress followed British and other European precedents in authorizing the burial of an Unknown Soldier in a place of honor in Arlington National Cemetery.’
    • ‘He could see an opportunity to attend the memorial parade at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.’
    • ‘Filtered through the enormous stained glass windows depicting Australian servicemen and women at war, it paints pools of coloured light on the marble floor surrounding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.’


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