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

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

Their two countries had just fought each other in World War II, and now American military leaders wanted them to work together on this country’s infant rocket program. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "Apollo 11′s German, American rocket men bonded over this," 13 July 2019 Nine infants under one year old were also taken from their parents. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Trump Family Separation Policy ‘More Harmful’ Than First Thought: House Report," 12 July 2019 The vigils come amid reports of standing-room-only cells, infants going without diapers and outbreaks of shingles and other illnesses in detention facilities. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Lights for Liberty immigration protests over border camps planned at 700 cities July 12," 12 July 2019 Yarmouth police arrested a man early Thursday for allegedly breaking into the home of a woman known to him and terrorizing her and her infant child, prompting the mother to repeatedly scream for help, authorities said. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Man charged with breaking into woman’s Yarmouth home, menacing her and infant," 11 July 2019 Gehrig and the rest of the team then tested the effects of various foods on mice and piglets whose microbiomes had been transplanted from malnourished infants. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Starving children often don’t recover, even when fed enough. Restoring their gut bacteria could help," 11 July 2019 For those of an historical mindset, the infant skeletons that archaeologists have found piled up outside ancient Roman brothels might come to mind. Jack H. Burke, National Review, "Theodore Roosevelt Considered Abortion ‘Pre-Natal Infanticide’," 11 July 2019 The Snoo Smart Sleeper is a high-tech crib that claims to increase an infant’s nightly sleep as much as two hours (and extra sleep for the little one means extra sleep for everyone within earshot). Tara Paniogue, latimes.com, "Stylish life hacks for new parents," 11 July 2019 Across the animal kingdom, infants sleep differently from their parents. National Geographic, "These slumbering fish may offer clues to the origins of sleep," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ohio’s infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births is among highest in the U.S. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Ohio House approves spending $11 million to reduce infant mortality, preterm births," 20 June 2019 Four men invaded Taylor's Miami home with Taylor, his fiancée and their infant daughter present. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "David Ortiz shooting is a sober reminder of the danger celebrity athletes face," 10 June 2019 Disease and illness could run rampant, leading to more deaths and higher infant mortality. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 28 June 2019 Out-of-pocket expenses during infant delivery at a public health facility are also more than three times as much in Kerala than in Uttar Pradesh. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "What makes infant deaths five times as likely in Uttar Pradesh than in Kerala?," 26 June 2019 Jimmy was predeceased by his parents and infant daughter, Michaela Alexa Bernhardt. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/25," 25 June 2019 Last year, a Chinese scientist earned global condemnation for genetically editing two infant girls. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Scientist Wants to Use CRISPR to Genetically Edit Infants," 12 June 2019 Tom was predeceased in death by his parents and infant brother, Edmond. courant.com, "Thomas Michael Burke," 10 June 2019 The infant mortality rate during the same period among MomsFirst participants was 7.2. Brie Zeltner, cleveland.com, "Molina Healthcare ups its diaper commitment to city infant mortality prevention program," 14 June 2019

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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
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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