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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The enlisted troops, excluding noncommissioned officers, in an army.
  • n. The people who form the major portion of a group, organization, or society, excluding the leaders and officers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Common soldiers, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.
  • n. Those lacking any particular title or status; those having no station.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Those who constitute the bulk or working members of a party, society, etc., in distinction from the leaders.
  • n. See under 1st File.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. people who constitute the main body of any group
  • n. the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)

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