Definition of infantry in US English:

infantry

noun

  • Soldiers marching or fighting on foot; foot soldiers collectively.

    • ‘This may explain why British troops did not join American infantry in the march to Baghdad.’
    • ‘This was different from its usual role of supporting a motorised infantry battalion.’
    • ‘He had spent 23 years in the Marine Corps infantry and felt it was his duty to help.’
    • ‘The traditional infantry soldier is somebody you hang things on and then ask him to do the impossible.’
    • ‘He was transferred to the Paratroop regiment and received infantry training just before war broke out.’
    • ‘When I was a kid, high walled fortifications were virtually impenetrable to infantry or cavalry.’
    • ‘Then there were the marine corps and army infantry who waded ashore or were landed by air on island after island.’
    • ‘Is this, therefore, a time to reduce any infantry battalions let alone four?’
    • ‘Under the plans the number of infantry battalions across the country will be cut from 40 to 36.’
    • ‘How can the disbandment of four infantry battalions do anything but worsen the situation?’
    • ‘The force now included around a battalion of infantry as well as a squadron of military engineers.’
    • ‘Haig has been criticised by some for his belief in the simple advance of infantry troops on enemy lines.’
    • ‘There she found a unit of infantry soldiers who were also without a commanding officer.’
    • ‘The infantry battle was finely balanced, both sides fighting bravely hand-to-hand.’
    • ‘This elite force consisted of nine regiments, six of cavalry and three of infantry.’
    • ‘It makes great sense to re-role some normal infantry battalions into this role and I hope it happens.’
    • ‘Tanks attacked first with infantry literally in tow as many tanks pulled along infantry soldiers on sledges.’
    • ‘Jason Burke spent a week on patrol with the US infantry and reservists trying to win hearts and minds.’
    • ‘Not according to a friend of mine who is a logistics specialist with an elite British infantry regiment.’
    • ‘They were offered first one infantry battalion, the one based on Cyprus, and then another.’
    infantrymen, foot soldiers, foot guards
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French infanterie, from Italian infanteria, from infante ‘youth, infantryman’, from Latin infant- (see infant).

Pronunciation

infantry

/ˈɪnfəntri//ˈinfəntrē/