Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of an army made up of units trained to fight on foot.
  • n. Soldiers armed and trained to fight on foot: The general ordered his infantry to attack.
  • n. A unit, such as a regiment, of such soldiers: Company B of the 7th Infantry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Soldiers who fight on foot (on land), as opposed to cavalry and other mounted units, regardless of external transport (e.g. airborne).
  • n. The part of an army consisting of infantry soldiers, especially opposed to mounted and technical troops
  • n. A regiment of infantry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A body of children.
  • n. A body of soldiers serving on foot; foot soldiers, in distinction from cavalry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Soldiery ✓ serving on foot, as distinguished from cavalry; that part of a military establishment using small-arms, and equipped for marching and fighting on foot, constituting the oldest of the “arms” into which armies are conventionally divided: as, a company, regiment, or brigade of infantry. Abbreviated infinitive
  • n. [As if directly ⟨ infant, n., 1, + -ry.] Infants in general; an assemblage of children.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot

Etymologies

French infanterie, from Old French, from Old Italian infanteria, from infante, youth, foot soldier, from Latin īnfāns, īnfant-, infant; see infant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French infanterie, from older Italian, possibly from Spanish infantería "foot soldiers, force composed of those too inexperienced or low in rank for cavalry," from infante "foot soldier," originally "a youth", either way from Latin infans '(child) who doesn't speak (yet)' (from in- 'non-' + fari 'to speak') (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • JOULWAN: When you look at what we call infantry, boots on the ground, Marine and Army units, they're not 2.4 million.

    CNN Transcript Mar 18, 2007

  • Yes, truck drivers, radio operators, cooks all serve in infantry units, but I'm quite sure personnel with other than an infantry or special forces MOS are not eligible, regardless of the circumstances.

    ROY CARTER SPANN

  • Personally, years in infantry made me really, really comfort with the AR plus it is very accurate.

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  • Women are barred from ground jobs in infantry, armor and artillery units and are technically confined to support roles.

    2008 January 03 « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • George Patton called it "… the greatest battle implement ever devised," and it was our main infantry weapon in the last war we won.

    Firearms Superlatives, Part II

  • The infantry is undergoing the last throes of the destruction of its regimental system, having found itself squeezed into 34 conventional regular infantry battalions plus three regular battalions of the Parachute Regiment.

    Tomorrow Is Always Too Late

  • "Light infantry is your branch of choice because the coming race war and the ethnic cleansing to follow will be very much an infantryman's war," he wrote.

    Boing Boing

  • I think the major stumbling block has been that Jerry has talked about the PAVN Air Defense network, while we are more familiar with the world of PLAF and PAVN main infantry units.

    Memorandum

  • Armed with machine guns, they were to await there, first in deep dugouts while the bombardment went on, then in the midst of labyrinths of wire so thick that they could not get out and no one else could get in, and they were to delay the German advance and separate the German infantry from the German barrage, until overwhelmed by sheer force of numbers.

    Lest We Forget.

  • But the march of infantry is quick time, and you cannot accelerate the pace of the head of the column without doing an injury to the whole.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

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  • The segment of the army "without speech" (infant).

    July 18, 2010

  • Whiskey for kids.

    March 16, 2010

  • Toddler soldiers :-(

    March 16, 2010

  • Captured at Yorktown, "2 regiments artillery, 2 of guards, 2 of light-infantry, 7 of foot ("regiments of foot" were infantry)," which were enumerated separately from those German-speaking troops that served with the British: see jaegers.

    The "7 of foot" that were enumerated included the "17th, 23d, 33d, 45th, 71st, 76th, and 80th."

    October 29, 2007