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



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

Synonyms for infant

Synonyms: Noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hours before the Senate vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican and sometime Party renegade, implored Democrats to use the moment to press for maternal, infant, and child care. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 Extreme consolidation of the country’s infant-nutrition industry affects everyone, not just WIC recipients. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 14 May 2022 Minnesota health officials first told the FDA in September about an infant who had ingested Abbott formula and fallen sick with cronobacter. Arkansas Online, 14 May 2022 In the letter to Abbott, the committee requested documents and records regarding safety conditions at its Sturgis, Michigan, plant that led to recent nationwide recalls of several of its infant formula products. Anna Kaplan, Forbes, 13 May 2022 At the time, many formula ingredients were caught in the disrupted supply chain, alongside infant strollers, car seats and cribs. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 Experts have speculated that it's associated with problems in the part of an infant's brain that controls breathing and waking. Katherine Dillinger And Jen Christensen, CNN, 13 May 2022 The contamination at the Sturgis facility was tied to several infant hospitalizations, including two deaths. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 Too much salt, too much protein, would bother the kidneys in an infant. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The country's largest infant formula manufacturer, Abbott Nutrition recalled batches of several formulas in mid-February. Corrinne Hess, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2022 There are, of course, also infant head injuries that occur because of the intentional actions of adults. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Perri’s station as a pop star and her openness to talking about Rosie has rendered her a magnet for others who’ve experienced infant loss. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 WildCare rehabilitators in Bloomington warn that no wild animal should be given cow’s milk as the lactose can be fatal to most infant animals. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 Zeno recalled infant walkers due to fall and entrapment hazards. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Feb. 2022 About a minute into the video, a man can be seen holding an infant girl in his arms and placing her on the porch outside the residence's front door. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 11 Feb. 2022 But according to Bye’s office, the state already had a shortage of 50,000 infant toddler slots before the pandemic began. Seamus Mcavoy,, 10 Jan. 2022 More disturbing still is the addition of the Tiddlytubbies, eight small baby versions of the Teletubbies who live in a kind of infant jail, unsupervised. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of infant


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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“Infant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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



Kids Definition of infant (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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

Other Words from infant

infant adjective


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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