Definition of infantry
1 a : soldiers trained, armed, and equipped to fight on foot b : a branch of an army composed of these soldiers
2 : an infantry regiment or division
Examples of infantry in a sentence
He joined the infantry after leaving school.
Did You Know?
The Italian word fante (from Latin infans, “infant, child”) originally meant “child,” later “youth, boy,” and then “servant.” In the 14th century, fante also took on the sense “foot soldier.” In Renaissance times, the fanteria, foot soldiers collectively, became a significant branch of arms, and the Italian word infanteria, was borrowed into English in the 1500s.
Origin and Etymology of infantry
Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French infanterie, from Old Italian infanteria, from infante boy, foot soldier, from Latin infant-, infans
First Known Use: 1579
INFANTRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of infantry for English Language Learners
: the part of an army that has soldiers who fight on foot
INFANTRY Defined for Kids
Definition of infantry for Students
: a branch of an army composed of soldiers trained to fight on foot
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