Definition of old soldier in English:

old soldier


  • A male ex-soldier.

    • ‘Louis XIV of France established the Hôtel des Invalides while Charles II established the Royal Hospital Chelsea for old soldiers and the Greenwich Hospital for old sailors in Britain.’
    • ‘But as the mist lifted and the convoy arrived, the old soldiers filed silently behind three Far East Prisoners of War standard bearers as the cargo was unloaded.’
    • ‘This memory may infect a new generation with ready-made traditions of war, but equally old soldiers can drive their energies, with more effect, into peaceful politics.’
    • ‘Most nights middle-aged revolutionaries may be found sitting around grumbling about the morals of today's young ‘hoodies’ like so many old soldiers at a British Legion.’
    • ‘Of course they feel strongly - there is nothing, not even perhaps the bond between a football fan and his club, to match the loyalty felt by old soldiers to their regiments.’
    • ‘More than 400 people had packed into the 14 th-century church, including old soldiers from the Royal Marines, Coldstream Guards and other regiments.’
    • ‘Its members, old soldiers who had already seen service, were disliked by the army because they were paid slightly more.’
    • ‘Every old soldier enjoys news of the unit in which he has served proudly.’
    • ‘He felt entirely out of place, at odds with the aggressive uniformed men who supposedly were his comrades, harassed by the hard-bitten old soldiers who kept barking orders at him.’
    • ‘She did so in a moving address as 1,000 old soldiers, dressed in blazers, military berets and regimental ties, marched past her and took what will certainly be their last, glorious Royal salute.’
    • ‘It's an absolute disgrace they didn't think it was important enough to organise a parade and service to show how much we owe these old soldiers, sailors and airmen.’
    • ‘But the advancing years of the old soldiers from the Great War, the youngest of whom has recently turned 100 and the oldest 107, means that they will only participate in events in their local area.’
    • ‘Walking down the streets in England old soldiers could always he spotted, as they would still walk with a military bearing.’
    • ‘I'm an old soldier, a paratrooper, this is my third war, including Yom Kippur and Beirut in 1982.’
    • ‘The old soldiers, wearing military berets and caps, were greeted with warm applause, hugs and kisses from a grateful crowd lining the streets.’
    • ‘The young soldier and the old soldier have come to an understanding.’
    • ‘The Government sees sense in the argument of old soldiers that local regiments are important and should not be lost.’
    • ‘Approximately 80 officers and soldiers from 3 Royal Irish and 120 old soldiers escorted the three UDR colours on parade for the last time.’
    • ‘Desperately loyal to Theo, foolish story-telling Tomoto is a shell-shocked old soldier who wants the war to continue.’
    • ‘The last post has sounded for the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment despite the best efforts of regimental chiefs, old soldiers and 30,000 people from across the historic unit's recruitment area.’