infant

noun
in·​fant | \ ˈin-fənt How to pronounce infant (audio) \

Definition of infant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a child in the first period of life
2 : a person who is not of full age : minor

infant

adjective

Definition of infant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : intended for young children
2 : being in an early stage of development
3 : of, relating to, or being in infancy

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Synonyms for infant

Synonyms: Noun

babe, baby, bambino, child, neonate, newborn

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Examples of infant in a Sentence

Noun

a study of health problems that can affect young infants He showed us a picture of his infant daughter.

Adjective

She is an infant teacher.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Developing social intelligence early serves to align the psychological states of infant and adult. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘Becoming Human’ Review: The Defining Neediness of Humans," 11 Jan. 2019 In the case of infants and young children, researchers often refer to content and context. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Is our constant use of digital technologies affecting our brain health? We asked 11 experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 Girls who attend secondary school earn higher salaries, have lower infant and maternal mortality rates, and are less likely to contract malaria and HIV. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Launches the Global Girls Alliance on the Today Show," 11 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately, the process is typically not so delightful for infants. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Start Teething?," 26 Feb. 2019 But the mystery about why there were multiple infants at the Queens home at 3:30 a.m. has only grown since news of the assault broke. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Suspected birth tourism site reportedly at center of New York City stabbing spree," 24 Sep. 2018 About half of the entire population of the U.S. and Canada use Facebook every day, and that includes everybody, from infants to members of America’s Greatest Generation. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook’s user growth has hit a wall," 25 July 2018 Indeed some recent detainees are infants, taken from their mothers. Author: Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Anchorage Daily News, "Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters," 20 June 2018 Indeed some recent detainees are infants, taken from their mothers. Time, "Toddlers Separated From Parents at the Border Are Being Detained in 'Tender Age' Shelters," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Anna's mother, Anne Jarvis, hosted clubs for moms in the 1850s to help them learn to properly care for their children in order to lower the infant mortality rate, according to National Geographic. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Mother's Day? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Holiday," 7 Feb. 2019 America’s rate of infant mortality—death within the first year after birth—was 5.9 per 1,000 live births in the latest statistics, 32nd among 35 developed countries, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Scott W. Atlas, WSJ, "Single Payer’s Misleading Statistics," 17 Dec. 2018 Tracking Trump’s Trade Talks The National Retail Federation, whose members include Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc., asked for the removal of 1,100 tariff lines and was granted 48 of its requests, including for high chairs and infant car seats. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "The Steel Industry Gets What It Wants on Tariffs," 22 Oct. 2018 As the attack started, Mrs. Dickinson and her infant daughter, Angelina, took shelter within a small, darkened room inside the mission. Robert Kolarik, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo falls at dawn," 5 Mar. 2018 Many of them are also important during the fetal and infant stages of brain development. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 Additionally, infant ear piercings are a regular, widely accepted tradition in countless communities around the world. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Is Getting Mommy-Shamed for Piercing 5-Month-Old Stormi's Ears," 12 July 2018 In a nation that fails women and children more than any other wealthy country, as measured by maternal and infant mortality rates, black women and children carry a significantly bigger burden of that loss. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "A nursery. A loss. And a shared grief for black women in Washington.," 15 June 2018 The Central African Republic ranks second in the world for both maternal and infant mortality. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Assistance Ministries leader will continue humanitarian efforts after retiring," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of infant

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infant

Noun

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

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infant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of infant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very young child

infant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of infant (Entry 2 of 2)

: made or suitable for babies
British : of, relating to, or for children between the ages of about four and seven
: very new and still developing

infant

noun
in·​fant | \ ˈin-fənt How to pronounce infant (audio) \

Kids Definition of infant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

infant

adjective

Kids Definition of infant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to infancy
2 : intended for young children infant clothes

infant

noun
in·​fant | \ ˈin-fənt How to pronounce infant (audio) \

Medical Definition of infant

1a : a child in the first year of life : baby
b : a child several years of age
2 : a person who is not of full age : minor

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infant

noun
in·​fant | \ ˈin-fənt How to pronounce infant (audio) \

Legal Definition of infant

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

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