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ˈɪn fən triin·fant·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. infantry, footnoun

    an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot

    "there came ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot"


  1. infantrynoun

    Soldiers who fight on foot (on land), as opposed to cavalry and other mounted units, regardless of external transport (e.g. airborne).

  2. infantrynoun

    The part of an army consisting of infantry soldiers, especially opposed to mounted and technical troops

  3. infantrynoun

    A regiment of infantry

  4. Etymology: From infanterie, from older, possibly from 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 infans '(child) who doesn't speak (yet)' (from in- 'non-' + fari 'to speak')

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Infantrynoun

    The foot soldiers of an army.

    Etymology: infanterie, French.

    The principal strength of an army consisteth in the infantry or foot; and to make good infantry it requireth men bred in some free and plentiful manner. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    That small infantry,
    Warr'd on by cranes. John Milton.


  1. Infantry

    Infantry is a military specialization which engages in ground combat on foot. Infantry generally consists of light infantry, mountain infantry, motorized infantry, mechanized infantry, airborne infantry, air assault infantry, and marine infantry.


  1. infantry

    Infantry refers to soldiers who fight while on foot, typically armed with handheld weapons such as rifles or grenades. These soldiers usually form the bulk of a military force and are trained to engage in various combat situations, including direct confrontation with enemy forces, defensive operations, and capturing or holding strategic positions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Infantrynoun

    a body of children

  2. Infantrynoun

    a body of soldiers serving on foot; foot soldiers, in distinction from cavalry

  3. Etymology: [F. infanterie, It. infanteria, fr. infante infant, child, boy servant, foot soldier, fr. L. infans, -antis, child; foot soldiers being formerly the servants and followers of knights. See Infant.]


  1. Infantry

    Infantry is the branch of an army who fight on foot — soldiers specifically trained to engage, fight, and defeat the enemy in face-to-face combat; infantrymen thus bear the brunt of warfare, and suffer the greatest number of casualties. Historically, as the oldest branch of the combat arms, the infantry are the backbone of a modern army, and continually undergo training that is more stressful and demanding than that of any other branch of the combat arms, or of the army. The infantry’s greater emphasis upon discipline, physical fitness, and psychological strength develop reflexive skills that allow the spontaneous deployment of sustained aggression and violence, which make a weapon-system of the infantryman, whether armed or unarmed. Infantrymen are distinguished from soldiers trained to fight on horseback, from tanks, and as technicians, by their greatly developed combat skills, such as movement techniques, firearms proficiency, and field craft. Infantry can enter and manœver in terrain that is inaccessible to military vehicles and to battle tanks, and employ infantry support weapons that provide sustained firepower, in the absence of artillery. The transport and delivery of infantrymen to battle include marching and mechanised, airborne, air assault, and amphibious techniques.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Infantry

    in′fant-ri, n. foot-soldiers. [Fr. infanterie—It. infanteriainfante, fante, a child, a servant, a foot-soldier—L. infantem, infans.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. infantry

    Foot soldiers of the regular army; so called throughout Europe after the original Spanish "infanteria," or troops of the infanta or queen of Spain, who first developed on a large scale the importance of the arm.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. infantry

    (Lat. infans, “child,” or “servant,” applied to servants who went on foot, and infanterie, to foot-soldiers generally). Is that portion of a military establishment using small-arms and equipped for marching and fighting on foot, in contradistinction to artillery and cavalry. It is the oldest of the “three arms” into which armies are conventionally divided; was the favorite of the Greeks, the Gauls, the Germans, and the Franks, and was that mainly with which Rome conquered the world. Under Grecian and Roman civilization it attained pre-eminence as the arm of battle, but fell into contempt and comparative desuetude early in the Middle Ages, and did not emerge from that obscurity till the decline of the feudal system. It was first revived by the Swiss, who, armed with the pike, withstood the most famous chivalry of Europe. Afterwards the Spanish infantry, armed with the musket, and led by Alva and the Duke of Parma, Cortez and Pizarro, became the terror of two continents. The other states of Europe were not slow in learning the lesson. Infantry steadily increased in power and importance from the first years of the 14th century, and is now recognized as constituting the principal strength of military organizations. This importance results from the fact that it can be used everywhere, “in mountains or on plains, in woody or open countries, in cities or in fields, on rivers or at sea, in the redoubt or in the attack on the breach.” It is the self-sustaining arm in the field of battle, and is, moreover, less expensive, man for man, than its auxiliaries.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Infantry

    Foot soldiers, so called, not because, like children, they have to be trained to walk, but for the reason that one of the Infantes of Spain collected a body of armed men, unmounted, to rescue his father, the King, from captivity at the hands of the Moors. Afterwards foot soldiers in Spain and Italy received the name of Enfanteria.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of infantry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of infantry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of infantry in a Sentence

  1. Brian Kelly:

    Overall deployment of the 700-stong Chinese infantry battalion and its equipment will take more than two months to complete.

  2. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    As long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before, they'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They'll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALS, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men.

  3. David Letterman:

    We were in some helicopters. What we didn’t know was, we were north of the invasion. We were the northernmost Americans in Iraq, we were going to drop some bridge portions across the Euphrates so the Third Infantry could cross on them. Two of the four helicopters were hit, by ground fire, including the one I was in, RPG and AK-47.

  4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They'll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALS, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men.

  5. Kateryna Stepanenko at the Institute:

    Armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles will help ensure Ukrainian mechanized infantry can deploy safely to the combat zone.

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