noun, plural in·fan·tries.
- infantile sexuality,
- infantile spasm,
- infantry fighting vehicle,
- infants' school,
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.”
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|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Stasio would join the Fourth Brigade, Second Infantry Division, “the Raiders,” and deploy to Iraq.
The patriarch, Josiah, had fought with the 42nd Wisconsin Infantry, marching all the way to Kentucky to battle the Confederates.
Infantry, cavalry and artillery crossed the creek and the ridges and formed in a solid line which nothing could resist.The Scouts of Stonewall|Joseph A. Altsheler
As the day wore on reinforcements of infantry came up from the force which had been left to guard the camp.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
A regiment of infantry and a battalion of cavalry were put on guard and patrolled the streets to reduce the riotous to order.From Fort Henry to Corinth|Manning Ferguson Force
Then the infantry became engaged, Jackson throwing his brigades upon Prince, turning his flank, and pushing him back.Following the Flag|Charles Carleton Coffin
With five thousand infantry and one hundred and eighty cavalry he has advanced to a ford beyond the fork of Chateauguay.Canada: the Empire of the North|Agnes C. Laut
noun plural -tries
- soldiers or units of soldiers who fight on foot with small arms
- (as modifier)an infantry unit
Word Origin 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.