Infantry meaning

ĭn'fən-trē
The definition of an infantry is a unit of soldiers who move and fight on foot.

An example of an infantry is a group of Marine ground forces.

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The branch of an army made up of units trained to fight on foot.
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Soldiers armed and trained to fight on foot.

The general ordered his infantry to attack.

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A unit, such as a regiment, of such soldiers.

Company B of the 7th Infantry.

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Foot soldiers collectively; esp., that branch of an army consisting of soldiers trained and equipped to fight chiefly on foot.
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A (designated) infantry regiment.

The 274th Infantry.

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Soldiers who fight on foot (on land), as opposed to cavalry and other mounted units, regardless of external transport (e.g. airborne).
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(uncountable) The part of an army consisting of infantry soldiers, especially opposed to mounted and technical troops.
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A regiment of infantry.
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Origin of infantry

  • French infanterie from Old French from Old Italian infanteria from infante youth, foot soldier from Latin īnfāns īnfant- infant infant
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French infanterie, from older Italian, possibly from Spanish infantería "foot soldiers, force composed of those too inexperienced or low in rank for cavalry," from infante "foot soldier," originally "a youth", either way from Latin infans '(child) who doesn't speak (yet)' (from in- 'non-' + fari 'to speak')
    From Wiktionary