infantry

noun
in·​fan·​try | \ ˈin-fən-trē How to pronounce infantry (audio) \
plural infantries

Definition of infantry

1a : 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

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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.

Examples of infantry in a Sentence

He joined the infantry after leaving school.
Recent Examples on the Web My father fought under Gen. Patton’s Third Army armored infantry and received a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. WSJ, 15 June 2022 While serving in Afghanistan as an ​​Army infantry lieutenant, Brown was wounded by a roadside bomb attack and was sent to Texas to recover from his severe burn injuries. Hannah Demissie, ABC News, 14 June 2022 The artillery is followed by masses of armor supported by infantry. Mac William Bishop, Rolling Stone, 12 June 2022 Lukashenko did not give details, but battalion tactical groups typically consist of mechanized infantry including tanks. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 26 May 2022 They are being used to great effect to suppress Russian positions and allow Ukrainian infantry counterattacks in the Donbas region. Patrick Galey, NBC News, 13 May 2022 But over the last several days, Ukrainian forces have advanced outward from the city, launching a concerted offensive to the north and east that began with heavy shelling and an infantry assault supported by tanks and other armored vehicles. New York Times, 6 May 2022 The war has seen relatively few infantry engagements or tank-on-tank battles; Russia, rather, is concentrating overwhelming artillery power on relatively small areas to blast its way forward in a path of grave destruction. Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 The war has seen relatively few infantry engagements or tank-on-tank battles; Russia, rather, is concentrating overwhelming artillery power on relatively small areas to blast its way forward in a path of grave destruction. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, 4 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of infantry

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for infantry

Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French infanterie, from Old Italian infanteria, from infante boy, foot soldier, from Latin infant-, infans

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20 Jun 2022

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“Infantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infantry. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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infantry

noun
in·​fan·​try | \ ˈin-fən-trē How to pronounce infantry (audio) \
plural infantries

Kids Definition of infantry

: a branch of an army composed of soldiers trained to fight on foot

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