Definition of infant in English:

infant

noun

  • 1A very young child or baby.

    ‘healthy infants’
    as modifier ‘infant mortality’
    • ‘Most patients who failed to endure were younger children or infants.’
    • ‘Very young children and newborn infants require a lower dose than older children.’
    • ‘This is a very practical course that explores the value of play in the lives of infants, toddlers and young children.’
    • ‘In infants and young children, the tube is wider, straighter and shorter than in adults.’
    • ‘Our member companies are committed to the health and wellbeing of infants and young children.’
    • ‘There is no consensus, however, on when and how to treat infants and young children with symptoms of asthma.’
    • ‘Viral infection is the cause of fever in most infants and young children.’
    • ‘Several delivery devices are available for infants and young children.’
    • ‘When we made the decision to adopt, we decided to seek a child from China because we were assured we could adopt a young and healthy infant there.’
    • ‘The brains of infants and very young children are capable of storing fragmented memories, however.’
    • ‘For children, the ranges are similar, except infants and young children should get slightly more fat.’
    • ‘Young children, infants and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning.’
    • ‘Children consistently rated girls better caregivers for infants, young kids and the elderly.’
    • ‘But, we haven't found a way to take care of our elderly, our poor, young children and infants.’
    • ‘Keep infants and young children away from newly mown grass.’
    • ‘The Rules of the Road clearly states that infants or young children should never be left unattended in a car.’
    • ‘The disease is much more serious in children, especially infants younger than 6 months of age.’
    • ‘Shaken baby syndrome occurs most frequently in infants younger than six months old, yet can occur up to the age of three.’
    • ‘Extended families help in caring for infants and young children.’
    • ‘In infants and very young children, pertussis can be deadly, so call your child's doctor right away.’
    baby, newborn, young child, little child, little one
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    1. 1.1British A schoolchild between the ages of about four and eight.
      as modifier ‘their first year at infant school’
      • ‘Around 100 children were selected by Pinehurst junior and infants schools to attend the party.’
      • ‘Angry parents and residents were protesting yesterday over a proposal to build a mobile phone mast near an infant and junior school.’
      • ‘Finally the infants and nursery school children are together.’
      • ‘Proposals have been revealed for the infant school, junior school and nursery to move to a new campus off Sheepfoot Lane, within the perimeter of Heaton Park.’
      • ‘All parents are welcome to attend with children in the schools from junior infants right up to sixth class.’
    2. 1.2as modifier Denoting something in an early stage of its development.
      ‘the infant Labour Party’
      • ‘Again, we utilized a portion of the 800 system back then - it was in its infant stages in implementation.’
      • ‘If we do all this, we have truly begun to develop the infant medium.’
      • ‘OOL is an infant science, and it seems to me that progress is being made.’
      • ‘One thing the Malians have in mind is help in developing their infant tourist industry.’
      • ‘Although the Texans' roster is only in its infant stages of development, the staff has had plenty to do besides scouting.’
      • ‘How do you judge an infant company endeavoring to develop its business abroad?’
      • ‘Governments provided public goods and promoted infant industries.’
      • ‘They caution that brain fingerprinting is in its infant stage and may never result in a reliable polygraph.’
      • ‘Running a party now, without electoral commission funding or time to establish a brand would simply kill any infant party before it had any time to grow.’
      • ‘I think we are at the very infant stages of this debate, even though 18 months is perhaps not a very long time in the media.’
      • ‘It's a program still in its infant stage, and change is inevitable.’
      • ‘Jeeps and lorries trundled down asphalt roads and the safari package tour was in its infant stages.’
      • ‘From the early infant stage, children with autism are likely to be developmentally delayed.’
      • ‘Clearly, Ohio is not in an infant stage as far as hockey goes.’
      • ‘The first step to bring the web beyond its infant stage is to understand where we are at and what tools we have at our disposal.’
      • ‘As raw as the theatrical chops may have been at this infant stage, the underlying talent is unquestionably in place.’
      developing, emergent, emerging, dawning, embryonic, nascent, new, fledgling, budding, burgeoning, growing, up-and-coming
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    3. 1.3Law A person who has not attained legal majority.
      • ‘If the third party is an infant or is mentally disordered, this lack of rational capacity may be regarded as sufficient to discount the third party's act in causal terms.’
      • ‘I would ask the Court to note that the plaintiff is an infant.’
      • ‘The child was therefore an infant when his mother married, and only knew his step-father for a period of 7 months.’
      • ‘In the result the benefit of the lease was assigned by decree to the infant and the trustee, subject to indemnity, made to account for profits.’
      • ‘It may look different if the person being detained is an infant utterly incapable of fleeing the jurisdiction or giving trouble.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French enfant, from Latin infant- ‘unable to speak’, from in- ‘not’ + fant- ‘speaking’ (from the verb fari).

Pronunciation

infant

/ˈɪnf(ə)nt/