- soldiers or military units that fight on foot, in modern times typically with rifles, machine guns, grenades, mortars, etc., as weapons.
- a branch of an army composed of such soldiers.
Origin of infantry
Examples from the Web for infantry
In Vietnam, Lewis was advisor to a Vietnamese infantry unit, whose nickname for him was “Captain of Many Kilos.”A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
In the west at Utah Beach the U.S. Fourth Infantry Division encountered almost none, lost 12 men killed in the first 24 hours.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Being there with a company of American infantry was dangerous enough; going there on your own seemed like straight-up suicide.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Stasio would join the Fourth Brigade, Second Infantry Division, “the Raiders,” and deploy to Iraq.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
The patriarch, Josiah, had fought with the 42nd Wisconsin Infantry, marching all the way to Kentucky to battle the Confederates.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Tarleton advanced, with his infantry in the centre, and his cavalry on the wings.
At the bridge they met the British infantry, who gave them a volley.
Washington's horse and Kirkwood's infantry formed the reserve.
The infantry in advancing could only attack on a front of 600 yards.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
There are her companies of infantry in a sort of port there.American Notes
- soldiers or units of soldiers who fight on foot with small arms
- (as modifier)an infantry unit
Word Origin and History for infantry
1570s, from French infantrie, from older Italian, Spanish infanteria "foot soldiers, force composed of those too inexperienced or low in rank for cavalry," from infante "foot soldier," originally "a youth," from Latin infantem (see infant). Meaning "infants collectively" is recorded from 1610s.