infantry

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noun in·fan·try \ˈin-fən-trē\

Definition of infantry

plural

infantries

  1. 1a :  soldiers trained, armed, and equipped to fight on footb :  a branch of an army composed of these soldiers

  2. 2 :  an infantry regiment or division

Examples of infantry in a Sentence

  1. He joined the infantry after leaving school.

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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: 1579


INFANTRY Defined for English Language Learners

infantry

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Definition of infantry for English Language Learners

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


INFANTRY Defined for Kids

infantry

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noun in·fan·try \ˈin-fən-trē\

Definition of infantry for Students

plural

infantries

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



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