Definition of soldiery in US English:


nounPlural soldieries

  • 1Soldiers collectively.

    ‘the town was filled with disbanded soldiery’
    • ‘At the close of the Seven Years' War, the customary dread of a disbanding soldiery was tempered by concern for men whose courage had conquered new territories around the globe.’
    • ‘Whenever she could, she had a few brief words with the some of the soldiery, all of whom had gathered ‘round the radios.’
    • ‘He wore a long cloak that flapped in the breeze; clasped on one shoulder with the brooch of the Silver Guard, it was a relic from his days of legitimate soldiery.’
    • ‘In the light of modern ideas about soldiery and a somewhat clearer understanding of shell shock, or post-traumatic stress disorder, most people have greeted the news with approval.’
    • ‘The kings of the Greek Bronze Age counted scribes among their servants, but here too the application was restricted to terse summaries of the palace store s and brief orders to the soldiery.’
    • ‘He has not properly distinguished between the view of rebel leaders and those of the soldiery.’
    • ‘Unwisely, they accompanied their agitation among the soldiery with incitements to mutiny.’
    • ‘Sure, there is patriotism and a noble notion of never disrespecting your side's soldiery.’
    • ‘The local soldiery accompanied Qutubuddin Aibek when he went to Lahore in 1206 to become the first independent Sultan of North India.’
    • ‘At Baugé in 1421 the Scots soldiery tilted the balance against the English.’
    • ‘She surveys the endless ranks of his soldiery behind him.’
    • ‘The stocky man was an adventurer; his Father had took soldiery in the Blackhawk Wars in the Old Northwest, and as a frontiersman's son he had no trouble with backwoodsing for weeks, if necessary.’
    • ‘July 4, 1779, he related that ‘the soldiery behaved with the most decency that I ever knew them to during the war.’’
    • ‘This enabled them to keep their distance while they fought, and avoid the risk of being grappled by the larger Spanish ships with their massed ranks of soldiery.’
    • ‘Beyond the river was a solid wall of soldiery, completely blockading the ford.’
    • ‘While the soldiery long saw it as a right, at the highest level looting was authorised to create new collections: in Napoleon's case, the Louvre.’
    • ‘In his writing about the soldiers of Athens, Pressfield salutes citizen soldiery.’
    • ‘Now the morning meal was being prepared, the cub once again passed among the waking soldiery passing out bowls of food with deferential ducks of his head.’
    • ‘Both Feudal Japan and Ancient Sparta are renowned for their outstanding soldiery.’
    • ‘My master and the Prince accompanied by K'ang Yu-wei and a small garrison of quickly degenerating soldiery fled eastward toward Ch'I-chou.’
    armed force, fighting force, defence force, military force, the military, land force, infantry, militia, horde
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    1. 1.1 Military training or knowledge.
      ‘the arts of soldiery’
      • ‘Also, there are references wherein he was not exactly a "commoner" and may have received professional training in soldiery.’
      • ‘As Commander of the Oases, Laperrine developed a force of Sahariens, soldiers mounted on racing camels, recruited on strict criteria: knowledge of Arabic, competent soldiery, a clean service record.’
      • ‘Born at Eleusis, reared there, trained in soldiery, he fought when about thirty-five in the famous battle of Marathon, during which the small Athenian army defeated the mighty Persians.’
      armed forces, army, forces, services, militia
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