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

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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 predeceased by her infant son, son-in-law Mark Procaccini, brothers, Claude, Gilman and Joel and sisters Carmen, Mariette and Juliette. courant.com, 19 June 2021 Celisa, 15 weeks pregnant, and the only family member who'd been able to taste the turkey and dressing, climbed into a tub with her infant son, and her fiance shielded them with his body. USA Today, 17 June 2021 Gina and Rob Domaoal’s infant son was in day care for three months last year before the coronavirus shut it down. Author: Amy Goldstein, Fenit Nirappil, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 That night, Davies-Dixon slept in the bed with Susie, bringing the Wheldons’ infant son, Oliver, to her every few hours to nurse. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Facebook took down a post from a father wishing his infant son, named Qassam, a happy birthday, according to Alrefaie, the director of Sada Social. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Kari, 31, had to quit to care for their infant son. Joanne Lipman, Time, 27 May 2021 In one flashback, white marauders invade the family’s North Carolina home while Lucky Emory (Deborah Ayorinde) is alone with her infant son. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 That's good news for the 26-year-old forward, who keeps drawing a salary to support his infant son, albeit with a new team after less than four months as a Coyote. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to Stacey Stewart, the president and CEO of March of Dimes, there has been a maternal and infant health crisis for all women in the United States for years. Allison Norlian, Forbes, 18 May 2021 An Adams couple was arraigned Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment stemming from the death of their infant foster child last year, according to Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2021 In the meantime, parents can protect babies by not feeding them infant rice cereal or other products like snacks made with rice flour. Roni Caryn Rabin, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Feb. 2021 Price police issued an Amber Alert on Thursday afternoon for an infant girl — who was found safe later that evening — and her mother, who was accused of driving off with her. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 The superstore has recalled infant rompers from Cloud Island and a swimsuit from Cat & Jack. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 31 Dec. 2020 Among the models available are infant, convertible, and boosters for kids from newborns to 100 pounds. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 24 Nov. 2020 The draft report, which is not public and contains preliminary findings, found that some of the U.S. attorneys pushed back, declining to prosecute two cases because the parents had infant children. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 6 Oct. 2020 Previously, the drug only successfully turned infant humans into supes. Nick Romano, EW.com, 25 Sep. 2020

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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 entry 1

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

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“Infant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infant. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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