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 Thomas cared full-time for their children, including an infant who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "‘Waiting for FEMA’: Displaced and distraught, thousands who fled Louisiana hurricanes languish in hotels," 13 Oct. 2020 According to a news release, officials were dispatched to the 100 block of Parkdale Avenue in Pontiac after receiving a call about an unconscious and unresponsive 10-month-old infant Sept. 28. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Quick-thinking Oakland County deputies, firefighters save life of choking 10-month-old," 13 Oct. 2020 Investigators told the station that Kelley and Daniel Davis have six children ranging from an infant to a 10-year-old boy. Garfield Hylton, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida child escapes bedroom by setting mattress on fire; deputies arrest parents: report," 7 Oct. 2020 My mother was a 23-year-old university student, anxious and fearful, suddenly faced with the unfathomable responsibility of caring for an infant in a squalid, overcrowded prison. New York Times, "They Came for My Father Nearly 30 Years Ago. It Still Haunts Me.," 6 Oct. 2020 Juggling a household, having an infant in the house, getting 5,000 emails a day from all their teachers, trying to keep up ... different apps, different codes, different platforms, some links don't work. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Photo of kindergartner working from home is "a total mood"," 14 Sep. 2020 An infant who recently died after a car crash in New Jersey has helped save the lives of three other children after her organs were donated. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "New Jersey Infant Who Died from Car Crash Injuries Saves Lives of 3 Other Babies with Organ Donation," 2 Sep. 2020 Prosper, at the time an infant, was one of those who were first taken from Diego Garcia to the Chagos Islands’ smaller Peros Banhos atoll, in 1971. David Meyer, Fortune, "‘Colonialism’ and crypto claims: Why the .io domain name extension faces an uncertain future," 31 Aug. 2020 Could the name come from literature, a hopeful appellation for an infant who apparently was disabled from birth? Washington Post, "Answer Man explores Travilah in Montgomery County," 3 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "‘We need to take away children,’ Sessions said of immigrants, New York Times reports," 6 Oct. 2020 Previously, the drug only successfully turned infant humans into supes. Nick Romano, EW.com, "X-Men's Shawn Ashmore uncovers the 'deep history' of Lamplighter on The Boys," 25 Sep. 2020 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

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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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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Infant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infant. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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