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

Newsom’s personal journey motivated him to spend $100 million in the current budget on developmental and health screenings for infants and toddlers in low-income families. Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Gavin Newsom, who struggled with dyslexia, is writing a children’s book about it," 15 Aug. 2019 She was sent home with instructions to give Oliver fluids and Calpol, a type of pain reliever for infants. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Mother Warns Parents After Her 11-Month-Old Son Lost All of His Limbs from Sepsis Infection," 14 Aug. 2019 Beds were the top source of non-fatal brain injuries in infants. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Beware that bed: Child brain injury linked to everyday household items, study finds," 30 July 2019 Nachand doesn't recommend the outing for infants because there is always a slight risk of a boat capsizing. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Try these 4 quick family adventures in or near Louisville before summer is over," 29 July 2019 In Hartford, this translates into a 50 percent increase in rates for infant or toddler care, which means parents who previously received $201 a week in assistance will now receive $308 a week. Maya Moore, courant.com, "State’s childcare subsidy program receives long awaited funding increase," 19 July 2019 The concern of death is especially high for infants and elders. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "Scorching heatwaves projected to get more intense and more frequent in Dallas, study says," 16 July 2019 Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for most infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Woman calls cops to lodge complaint against breastfeeding mother in Sharonville cafe," 16 July 2019 Level 2 centers are also required to offer outdoor time and differentiated programming for infants and toddlers. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Through July 2019, the county infant mortality rate was 9.07, according to preliminary data. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "First Year Cleveland puts infant-mortality message in Popeyes customers’ bags," 6 Sep. 2019 Life expectancy shot up, infant mortality declined, cities got electricity and plumbing, and workers began to win 40-hour hour work weeks and weekends off. Aaron Freedman, The New Republic, "Open Borders Made America Great," 9 Aug. 2019 Lock arrived in Geneva in May, 1557, along with her son, Henry; her infant daughter; and her maid. Jamie Quatro, The New Yorker, "The Hidden Life of a Forgotten Sixteenth-Century Female Poet," 5 Aug. 2019 Midwives now attend to less than 10 percent of births in the United States, where the infant mortality rate is among the highest in the industrialized world. Calley Hair, The Seattle Times, "Herrera Beutler bill calls for $35 million for midwife education," 23 July 2019 Among the nation’s worst for diabetes, obesity, infant mortality, literacy and the mother of all problems, poverty. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The battle for Alabama’s soul," 1 July 2019 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

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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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