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 Householder, a white rural Republican with an interest in children’s issues, kicked off the legislative session with a focus on poverty, introducing bipartisan bills that included those on infant mortality, domestic violence and drug addiction. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Like the country, Ohio’s legislature has been roiled by racial, partisan divides," 19 June 2020 Slow and grisly to a fault, this slog of an investigation into the kidnapping and murder of an infant is just too dark for the coronavirus era. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: HBO's new 'Perry Mason' has only one thing going for it: Matthew Rhys," 19 June 2020 Research that examined the impact of geography on heart attacks and infant mortality found similar results. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Structural racism may not be the cause of health disparities between blacks and whites," 18 June 2020 This law proved to be a great public health success, diminishing the rate of maternal death by 90% and decreasing infant mortality by 99%. Paul Florsheim And David Moore, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: It's time to help men become fathers by giving them the prenatal care they need," 18 June 2020 Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her infant daughter were in the car. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Ohio continues to have one of the country’s worst infant mortality rates as well. Max Filby, The Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus disparities helped spark unrest in Ohio cities, say public health experts," 14 June 2020 The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting the death of an infant and a teenager, both attributed to coronavirus. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama infant, teenager among coronavirus deaths, ADPH says," 11 June 2020 Having an infant daughter quickly charged him with the awe and terror of caring for a child. Darryn King, Wired, "The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tekakwitha had no name for this mysterious affliction that would eventually kill her parents and her infant brother, and scar her face. John Blake, CNN, "Native Americans were already decimated by a virus. They're scared it could happen again," 14 Apr. 2020 Enhance health plan reimbursements rates for services that benefit maternal and infant health, such as doula services and lactation support. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Racism, poverty among factors that contribute to Michigan's dreadful infant mortality rate," 1 Mar. 2020 The infant mortality rate dropped dramatically because of the care for pregnant women and young children in those clinics. Donna Reiner, azcentral, "Pearl Tang, pioneering Arizona doctor, knew that 'preventing a disease is cheaper than curing one'," 19 Mar. 2020 The vaccine prevents infant deaths from a variety of causes, and sharply reduces the incidence of respiratory infections. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Can an Old Vaccine Stop the New Coronavirus?," 3 Apr. 2020 Since 2009, Linda has claimed 24 abandoned or orphaned babies and provided financial and emotional support to families experiencing infant loss as the leader of He Knows Your Name Ministry. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Born close to heaven: The short, beautiful life of Baby Abigail," 26 Mar. 2020 To use the Brezza machine, people fill compartments for water and infant formula powder. Natasha Singer, New York Times, "Baby Brezza, a $200 Formula Maker, May Pose Health Risks to Infants," 13 Mar. 2020 Richard Smith II, 41, was sentenced to a minimum of 205 years in prison Wednesday for filming them abusing his then-fiancee’s, Roseanne Thompson, infant granddaughter in 2015. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "West Virginia man sentenced up to 775 years in prison for filming himself sexually abusing infant," 5 Mar. 2020 The sounds of war also haunt the family of 2-year-old Mohamed Hassan Agha and his infant sister, Najjah Hassan Agha, who both died in an air attack on their home three weeks ago, according to Mouwaia Hassan Agha, a cousin. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, "Inside embattled Idlib province: A Syrian offensive wreaks terror on children," 26 Feb. 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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3 Jul 2020

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“Infant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infant. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for infant

infant

noun
How to pronounce infant (audio)

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

Other Words from infant

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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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