infant

noun
in·​fant | \ ˈin-fənt \

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

In fact, Her Majesty would spend months apart from her infant son because of travel and royal obligations, which was made even more complicated by the fact that Philip (then an officer in the Royal Navy) was stationed in Malta in the late 1940s. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message Features a Rare Prince Charles Photo," 25 Dec. 2018 A British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology study of Western Europe found that terminology alone caused up to 40% variation and 17% false reductions in infant mortality. Scott W. Atlas, WSJ, "Single Payer’s Misleading Statistics," 17 Dec. 2018 Getty Images Like mother, like adorable infant daughter. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner and Baby Stormi Are Twinning in Matching Outfits on Their Snow-Filled Vacation," 9 Dec. 2018 Senator Tammy Duckworth carried her infant daughter onto the Senate floor in April, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought her child to the United Nationsin September—all proving the juggle is real but can be handled with class. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "9 Times Being a Woman in 2018 Was Genuinely Powerful," 30 Oct. 2018 The country is getting less interested in pressuring women to keep themselves as hairless as infants seven days a week. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 George, who's now five years old, had the same cheeks as an infant. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looked Exactly Like Prince Louis as a Baby," 14 Nov. 2018 Edna was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma tumor on her back as an infant; as such, the idea of having fun in a wheelchair also felt somewhat distant at first. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Rollettes Dance Team Features Disabled Dancers in Wheelchairs," 27 Sep. 2018 But what ultimately took them to the infant was a sound — the faint cry of a baby. NBC News, "'Miracle' forest baby: Montana man cries at arraignment, says he left infant because it was 'very heavy'," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Revenue from infant formula was NZ$394 million ($285 million) of the firm’s total NZ$549.2 million in sales. Matthew Burgess, Bloomberg.com, "Top Investor Buys More a2 Milk Stock After Selloff on Nestle," 2 Apr. 2018 The infant mortality rate, at 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, is almost 50 per cent higher than the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] average of 3.9. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and," 22 June 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

: 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 \

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 \

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 \

Legal Definition of infant

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

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