Definition of infantry
1a : soldiers trained, armed, and equipped to fight on footb : 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.
Recent Examples of infantry from the Web
These details emerge in The Prisoner in His Palace, a new book by Will Bardenwerper, a former infantry officer and Pentagon employee.
Carletta Davis was killed while serving as a medic for an infantry patrol.
Sri Lanka sends an infantry battalion of 950 troops to serve in the U.N. mission in Haiti.
Of the 32 who showed up at infantry boot camp in February, 44 percent dropped out.
In the new integrated infantry companies, women and men train together in mixed-gender squads from before dawn until after dusk: practicing the same raids, kicking in the same doors, doing the same push-ups when their squad messes up.
Just this year, the first female infantry Marines joined a battalion.
Now U.S. Central Command has made public a redacted series of records on the case, including investigations by the air cavalry and infantry units that were involved in the incident.
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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: 1579See Words from the same year
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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