Etymology
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infantry (n.)

1570s, from French infantrie, infanterie (16c.), from older Italian or Spanish infanteria "foot soldiers, force composed of those too inexperienced or low in rank to be cavalry," a collective noun from infante "foot soldier," originally "a youth," from Latin infantem (see infant). Meaning "infants collectively" is recorded from 1610s. A Middle English (c. 1200) word for "foot-soldiers" was going-folc, literally "going-folk."

Origin and meaning of infantry

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of infantry from WordNet

infantry (n.)
an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot;
Synonyms: foot
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.