infant

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noun

in·​fant ˈin-fənt How to pronounce infant (audio)
1
: a child in the first period of life
2
: a person who is not of full age : minor

infant

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adjective

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Anatomical parts, such as the uterus model that was recovered, or statues of infants, suggest worshippers may have been asking for pregnancy or safe childbirth. Elizabeth Heath, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2024 Lowry and Scott share infant twins Verse and Valley and son Rio, 15 months. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Also, surreal ways of visualizing Victorian Europe through the eyes of Bella Baxter, Stone’s pregnant suicide whom a mad scientist reanimates with her infant’s brain. Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Some of the infants were sent last month to a child-care facility in Cairo with their mothers. Heba Farouk Mahfouz, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 In 2022, roughly 40% of infants living with HIV globally weren’t timely diagnosed. Jennifer Lotito, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 This winter, for the first time ever, there were two vaccines available to ward off respiratory syncytial virus, which is particularly dangerous to older adults and infants. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Poor Things' star and Academy favorite Emma Stone, however, rocked the narrative with her off-kilter work in Yorgos Lanthimos' peculiar emotional epic, charting her Frankenstein-esque character's evolution from dawdling infant to fully realized feminist. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 13 Feb. 2024 But Take Note The Patagonia infant snowsuit is large enough for layering to keep those little bodies warm and protected. Katrina Cossey, Parents, 12 Feb. 2024
Adjective
The high contribution from the donor stem cells the research achieved is what gave the infant cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis) a strange green tinge. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s snuggly son Wren Stephens takes the infant crown of PEOPLE's Cutest Baby in 2023's Sexiest Man Alive issue. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 Williams is co-chairing an effort to create voluntary safety standards for infant wearable blankets — the broad term for sleep sacks and swaddles — through ASTM International, which develops standards for products through a collaborative process that is open to the public. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, 16 June 2023 Arnaout warned against attempting to make formula at home, because commercial formulas are specially designed for infant nutritional needs. Dallas News, 17 May 2022 The Sturgis plant closed in February after regulators launched an investigation into possible links between formula produced there and a series of infant bacterial infections and two deaths. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 16 May 2022 All infant formula should be thrown away after that date. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 3 Mar. 2023 Infant child care is the hardest kind to find, and the few child care providers that offer infant care often have months-long waiting lists. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 Designed more for use as an infant high chair, traditional high chairs are especially efficient for feeding time. Dallas News, 27 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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 entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of infant was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Infant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infant. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

infant

noun
in·​fant
ˈin-fənt
: a child in the first period of life
infant adjective

Medical Definition

infant

noun
in·​fant ˈin-fənt How to pronounce infant (audio)
1
a
: 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
infant adjective

Legal Definition

infant

noun
in·​fant ˈin-fənt How to pronounce infant (audio)
: a person who is not of the age of majority : minor compare adult

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