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infant

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noun in·fant \ˈin-fənt\

Simple Definition of infant

  • : a very young child

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of infant

  1. 1 :  a child in the first period of life

  2. 2 :  a person who is not of full age :  minor

Examples of infant in a sentence

  1. a study of health problems that can affect young infants

  2. He showed us a picture of his infant daughter.



Origin and Etymology of infant

Middle English enfaunt, from Anglo-French enfant, from Latin infant-, infans, from infant-, infans, adjective, incapable of speech, young, from in- + fant-, fans, present participle of fari to speak — more at ban


First Known Use: 14th century


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infant

adjective in·fant

Simple Definition of infant

  • : made or suitable for babies

  • : of, relating to, or for children between the ages of about four and seven

  • : very new and still developing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of infant

  1. 1 :  intended for young children

  2. 2 :  being in an early stage of development

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or being in infancy

Examples of infant in a sentence

  1. She is an infant teacher.



Circa 1586

First Known Use of infant

circa 1586



INFANT Defined for Kids

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infant

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noun in·fant \ˈin-fənt\

Definition of infant for Students

  1. 1 :  a child in the first period of life :  baby

  2. 2 :  2minor



History for infant

To the parent of a crying infant unable to say what the problem is, the etymology of infant might seem very appropriate. In Latin the adjective infans literally meant “not speaking, incapable of speech.” The noun infans referred to a very young child who had not yet learned to talk. Later, however, the scope of infans was broadened to include any child, no matter how talkative. When the word was adopted from Latin into French, and then into English, the broader usage was carried over also. Over time, English went back to the earlier Latin sense, restricting infant to a child still young enough to be called a baby.


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infant

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adjective in·fant

Definition of infant for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to infancy

  2. 2 :  intended for young children <infant clothes>




Medical Dictionary

infant

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noun in·fant \ˈin-fənt\

Medical Definition of infant

  1. 1a:  a child in the first year of life :  babyb:  a child several years of age

  2. 2:  a person who is not of full age :  minor

infant

adjective



Law Dictionary

infant

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noun in·fant \ˈin-fənt\

Legal Definition of infant

  1. :  a person who is not of the age of majority :  minor — compare adult





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