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[in-fuh n-tree-muh n] /ˈɪn fən tri mən/
noun, plural infantrymen.
a soldier of the infantry.
Origin of infantryman
First recorded in 1880-85; infantry + man1
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for infantryman
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  • The cavalryman is more shielded from the deadly missile than the infantryman.

  • In this war, as in most others, it is the infantryman who stands the brunt of the fighting.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride
  • The infantryman carried a rifle, belt, haversack and canteen.

    A Soldier in the Philippines Needom N. Freeman
  • All this, of course, is only the infantryman's idea of things.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • Harrys father was an infantryman, and Sammys parent served in the Navy.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • The infantryman plies a spade a week for every hour that he pumps a rifle.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for infantryman


noun (pl) -men
a soldier belonging to the infantry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for infantryman

1837, from infantry + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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