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

She was preceded by her husband, David N. Perry; her infant son, Isaac Paul Perry; her parents Anne and James Donohoe of Ireland as well as her brother Frances Donohoe of Australia. courant.com, "Bridget Ann Perry," 12 July 2018 My First: Rattlesnake Bite When Kyle Dickman set out on a monthlong road trip with his wife and infant son last spring, he was fueled by a carefree sense of adventure that had defined his entire life. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Moments That Changed Us," 11 July 2018 Shannon and her husband Dale are serving a six-year prison sentence after being convicted of second-degree manslaughter after the death of their infant son in 2009. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Faith Healer Parents Plead Guilty in the Death of Baby After They Chose Prayer Over Medical Help," 10 July 2018 Olivia Caceres, who was separated from her infant son in November, offered the following account to PBS: [My son] is not the same since we were reunited. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Justice Department Asks for More Time to Reunite Migrant Families," 6 July 2018 Fleeing violent Guatemalan gangsters, Martin carried her infant son from Mexico into the U.S in May. Her husband followed two weeks later with the young girl. Josh Replogle And Kelli Kennedy, Fox News, "Tearful reunion for mom, daughter separated at border," 1 July 2018 Louise was preceded in Glory by her husband Jay; her parents; sister, Gillian Beavers; brother Albert L. Branscomb, Jr. and infant son Kimball. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/27," 27 June 2018 Now a mother of two, Teigen is currently breastfeeding her infant son, Miles. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "What’s Really Going on in That Viral Video of Chrissy Teigen’s 'Milky Boobs'," 11 June 2018 Hannah had cooked his meals and mended his clothing, and Lincoln had rocked their infant son to sleep in his cradle. Time, "The Sensational Murder Trial That Showed Off Abraham Lincoln's Skill as a Lawyer," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Finley-Hazle attended the event with her mother, Harvetta Finley and sister, Jessalyn Artis, and her infant daughter Aspen. Krislyn Placide, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Luncheon for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies recognizes “moments”," 21 June 2018 And that is especially true when there’s a $45 billion global business like infant formula at stake. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "When It Comes to Breastfeeding, This Is Why Women Never Feel Like They’re Right," 12 July 2018 Within each category, the site ranked metrics such as cities' credit ratings, long-term debt, high school graduation rates, infant mortality, violent crime, unemployment, median income growth, water quality and access to public transportation. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Congratulations, Nampa and Boise. You're among the 'best-run cities' in America.," 9 July 2018 Kanye West‘s fans have got his back. The rapper turned 41 on Friday, and wife Kim Kardashian West was up bright and early to send her husband some extra love on his special day alongside a photo of West and their infant daughter, Chicago. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kanye West's Fans Defend Him Amid Criticism Over How He's Holding Daughter Chicago in New Photo," 8 June 2018 Those infant mortality rates date from Barack Obama’s second term in office. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Give the Left a Chance," 27 June 2018 Between June 1967 and the 1994 creation of the Palestinian Authority, infant mortality declined dramatically in the Palestinian territories, life expectancy greatly increased and the economy expanded remarkably. WSJ, "Younger Evangelicals on Israel and Palestine," 11 June 2018 Other scientists have worked to improve access to meals for new mothers, reducing anxiety and depression, with an eye toward removing some of the risk factors that can lead to infant mortality. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier health to get boost from $33M grant to Indiana institute," 22 May 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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More Definitions for infant

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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