Definition of private soldier in US English:

private soldier


  • A 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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fred was a private soldier who later became a cabbie and died of pneumonia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If McBride was a gunner - a private soldier in the Royal Artillery - he possibly came from Newry.’
    • ‘Neither has agreed to disarm their troops as part of a slow-going nationwide program to demobilize tens of thousands of private soldiers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The erection of his statue was paid for by public subscription, most of the money coming from 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some young private soldiers involved with drugs through immaturity or impulsive behaviour have been retained, especially when recommended for retention by their CO.’
    • ‘Some private soldiers on the way to the Gulf have been told they will receive less than an extra £500-a-year.’
    • ‘A corporal is the first rank in military after one graduates from a private soldier.’
    • ‘In Northern Ireland I saw private soldiers who spent hours in discomfort with unfaltering concentration logging the movements of suspects.’
    • ‘Contemporary photographs show the makeshift arrangements that the private soldiers had to make.’
    • ‘On his release jail in 1915 he enlisted in the Royal Engineers as a private soldier.’
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private soldier

/ˈprīvit ˈsōljər//ˈpraɪvɪt ˈsoʊldʒər/