Definition of private soldier in English:

private soldier

noun

  • 1A soldier of the lowest rank.

    • ‘I joined as a private soldier in 1941 and I was commissioned as an officer in 1945.’
    • ‘An analysis of the tax-free ‘benefit’ to a part-time private soldier who has no other income indicates that they are significantly worse off than if they were paid on an equitable basis and taxed.’
    • ‘A corporal is the first rank in military after one graduates from a private soldier.’
    • ‘On his release jail in 1915 he enlisted in the Royal Engineers as a private soldier.’
    • ‘Some young private soldiers involved with drugs through immaturity or impulsive behaviour have been retained, especially when recommended for retention by their CO.’
    • ‘In Northern Ireland I saw private soldiers who spent hours in discomfort with unfaltering concentration logging the movements of suspects.’
    • ‘Briefly working as a schoolmaster, in 1938 Rivet enlisted as a private soldier before service with the Royal Signals where he eventually rose to the rank of major and undertook service in East Africa.’
    • ‘Fred was a private soldier who later became a cabbie and died of pneumonia.’
    • ‘If McBride was a gunner - a private soldier in the Royal Artillery - he possibly came from Newry.’
    • ‘Some loose boards laid upon the ties supporting the rails of the railway supplied a footing for him and his executioners - two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff.’
    • ‘Turning from a woman to a private soldier proved nothing compared with turning back from soldier to ordinary woman.’
    • ‘Although he was frail and nervous in appearance, Tucker's determination can be judged by his enlistment as a private soldier in 1915 after his request to be posted overseas as an army chaplain was refused.’
    • ‘When a bus driver is paid £20,000 a year and a private soldier gets £13,500, who is going to put their life on the line?’
    • ‘Some private soldiers on the way to the Gulf have been told they will receive less than an extra £500-a-year.’
    • ‘Even during the 19th century, if an NCO or a private soldier was being court-martialled in the German army a set proportion of the members of the court had to hold the same rank as the accused.’
    • ‘Neither has agreed to disarm their troops as part of a slow-going nationwide program to demobilize tens of thousands of private soldiers.’
    • ‘Accompanying the major scenes are small vignettes, seen at close quarters, showing how these great events affected English rustics in Wessex, private soldiers, camp followers, and other ordinary people.’
    • ‘Because my father was a paid member of the first aid post, the government granted my mother a private soldier's widow's pension of £2 a week, not a great sum with which to put three children through school and university.’
    • ‘Contemporary photographs show the makeshift arrangements that the private soldiers had to make.’
    • ‘The erection of his statue was paid for by public subscription, most of the money coming from private soldiers.’
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    1. 1.1US A soldier of the lowest rank who is not a recruit.
      • ‘Recollections of other private soldiers who survived the Little Bighorn fight have reached print.’
      • ‘If the military really can't fight wars without contractors, it must at least come up with ironclad policies on what to do if the private soldiers break local laws or leave American forces in the lurch.’
      • ‘Greene's exhaustive research presents an insider's view of the VI Corps from points of view ranging from the private soldier to the commanding general.’
      • ‘I look upon these private soldiers with their guns upon their shoulders as superior to me.’
      • ‘It is a piece that provides a private soldier's account of the famed debacle, an account stripped of the solicited, interviewed quality inherent in most later accounts.’

Pronunciation

private soldier