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

No one knows whether the male killed the calf, which was thought to be the infant of the younger female. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Do dolphins feel grief?," 19 June 2018 Fernandez-West, 43, was an infant when the festival started in 1975. Meghan Bobrowsky, Philly.com, "Odunde continues for 43rd year, but this time without founder," 8 June 2018 When Reid was an infant in the 1980s, people with the disease lived on average only into their 20s. Nyssa Kruse, Courant Community, "Avon Police Organize Avon Mountain Challenge To Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Charity," 3 June 2018 The practice was later found to endanger infants and mothers. Allison Yarrow, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Childbirth Photos Instagram Didn't Want You to See," 11 May 2018 Parents indicate the age range of their children to get books that best suit their reading levels—infants and kids up to two years old get four board books, while all other kids from ages three to 12 get two hardcover titles. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon Prime members can get monthly box of kids’ books with new subscription," 1 May 2018 The Webby Awards began when the Web was merely an infant, in 1996, and has since come into its own. National Geographic, "Your Vote Could Help National Geographic Win a Webby Award," 3 Apr. 2018 The patient was an infant just a few months old, who had been born with a cleft lip. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 In Indiana, for example, the average annual cost of infant care is $8,918 — a sum that only 29.2 percent of families in the state can afford, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "People Aren’t Having Kids Because It’s Way Too Expensive," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Revenue from infant formula was NZ$394 million ($285 million) of the firm’s total NZ$549.2 million in sales. Matthew Burgess, Bloomberg.com, "Top Investor Buys More a2 Milk Stock After Selloff on Nestle," 2 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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