Definition of chocolate soldier in English:

chocolate soldier

Pronunciation /ˌtʃɒk(ə)lət ˈsəʊldʒə/


  • 1 informal, derogatory Originally: a soldier who is unwilling to fight; (later chiefly) one who has little experience of combat, or whose duties are mainly ceremonial.

    Originally with reference to George Bernard Shaw's play Arms and the Man (first performed in 1894 and first published in 1898); see etymology, and see note at
    chocolate-cream soldier

  • 2Australian informal, derogatory, historical In the First World War (1914–18): a soldier in the 8th Infantry Brigade of the Australian Imperial Force, which arrived in Egypt too late to participate in the Gallipoli campaign. Frequently in plural with the, and with capital initials. Compare "choc".

  • 3 informal Chiefly in or with reference to the Second World War (1939–45): a conscript, a militiaman.

    Before 1943, conscripts to the Australian militia were not required to serve outside Australia and its territories.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal. From chocolate + soldier.