Definition of soldiery in English:

soldiery

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘July 4, 1779, he related that ‘the soldiery behaved with the most decency that I ever knew them to during the war.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Unwisely, they accompanied their agitation among the soldiery with incitements to mutiny.’
    • ‘Whenever she could, she had a few brief words with the some of the soldiery, all of whom had gathered ‘round the radios.’
    • ‘He has not properly distinguished between the view of rebel leaders and those of the soldiery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She surveys the endless ranks of his soldiery behind him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both Feudal Japan and Ancient Sparta are renowned for their outstanding soldiery.’
    • ‘Sure, there is patriotism and a noble notion of never disrespecting your side's soldiery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    armed force, fighting force, defence force, military force, the military, land force, soldiery, infantry, militia, horde
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    1. 1.1 Military training or knowledge.
      ‘the arts of soldiery’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

soldiery

/ˈsōlj(ə)rē/