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infant

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noun in·fant \ˈin-fənt\

Simple Definition of infant

  • : a very young child

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

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

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



Origin 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

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

  1. She is an infant teacher.



Circa 1586

First Known Use of infant

circa 1586


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

  3. infant adjective






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