infantry

[ in-fuh n-tree ]
/ ˈɪn fən tri /

noun, plural in·fan·tries.

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

1570–80; < Italian infanteria, equivalent to infante boy, foot-soldier (see infant) + -ria -ry

Related forms

non·in·fan·try, noun
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infantry

/ (ˈɪnfəntrɪ) /

noun plural -tries

  1. soldiers or units of soldiers who fight on foot with small arms
  2. (as modifier)an infantry unit
Abbreviation: Inf, inf

Word Origin for infantry

C16: from Italian infanteria, from infante boy, foot soldier; see infant
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