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[in-fuh n-tree] /ˈɪn fən tri/
noun, plural infantries.
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.
1570-80; < Italian infanteria, equivalent to infante boy, foot-soldier (see infant) + -ria -ry
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noninfantry, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for non-infantry


noun (pl) -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
C16: from Italian infanteria, from infante boy, foot soldier; see infant
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Word Origin and History for non-infantry
1579, from Fr. infantrie, from older It., Sp. infanteria "foot soldiers, force composed of those too inexperienced or low in rank for cavalry," from infante "foot soldier," originally "a youth," from L. infantem (see infant).
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