Definition of buffalo soldier in US English:

buffalo soldier


  • (in US history) an African-American cavalry soldier.

    • ‘His father had been a buffalo soldier in the Twenty-Fifth Infantry stationed at Fort Custer in the early 1890s.’
    • ‘Wash looked up to see five buffalo soldiers and a white sergeant smiling over the barrels of rifles.’
    • ‘Soon the Ninth's troopers also became known as buffalo soldiers, and ultimately the infantrymen too came to be considered buffalo soldiers.’
    • ‘The term ‘buffalo soldier’ originated during this period.’
    • ‘On March 2, 2001 the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum was issued a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congresswoman Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee.’