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.

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Only two women have passed the Marine Corps’s fabled infantry-officer training course out of the three dozen who have tried. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Women Don’t Belong in Combat Units," 13 Jan. 2019 An average Marine Corps infantry officer should to be physically able to carry 152 lbs. for nine miles. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 In addition to the onboard howitzer, the AC-130W Stinger II gunships also pack a 30mm GAU-23/A autocannon, the bigger brother to the 25mm cannon on the Army’s Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a AC-130 Gunship Devastate Targets on the Ground with Its Howitzer," 16 Jan. 2019 Marder infantry fighting vehicles of the German Armed Forces are shipped to Norway for NATO maneuvres from the seaport of Emden, Lower Saxony, on Oct. 10. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO Dusts Off a Cold War Skill: Moving Troops," 24 Oct. 2018 And the military has bought new infantry fighting vehicles, air defenses and howitzers. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation," 27 June 2018 The two longest chapters cover the months of October and November, when American infantry forces reached the front and casualties began to mount. John Check, WSJ, "‘Making Music American’ Review: Turning Swords Into Saxophones," 28 Dec. 2018 The Israel Defense Forces has been using Trophy to protect its Namer heavy infantry fighting vehicle. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "'Force field' technology could make US tanks unstoppable," 3 Aug. 2018 Sergeant Harrison, 41, who now works as a civilian lawyer in the Washington area, grew up in a small town in Oklahoma and enlisted in 2000 as an airborne infantry soldier. New York Times, "Sergeant Sues Defense Dept. Over ‘Outdated’ H.I.V. Policies," 31 May 2018

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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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The first known use of infantry was in 1579

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infantry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of infantry

: the part of an army that has soldiers who fight on foot

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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