Definition of infant in English:

infant

noun

  • 1A very young child or baby:

    ‘healthy infants’
    [as modifier] ‘infant mortality’
    • ‘In infants and very young children, pertussis can be deadly, so call your child's doctor right away.’
    • ‘The Rules of the Road clearly states that infants or young children should never be left unattended in a car.’
    • ‘Several delivery devices are available for infants and young children.’
    • ‘Keep infants and young children away from newly mown grass.’
    • ‘The disease is much more serious in children, especially infants younger than 6 months of age.’
    • ‘Our member companies are committed to the health and wellbeing of infants and young children.’
    • ‘The brains of infants and very young children are capable of storing fragmented memories, however.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most patients who failed to endure were younger children or infants.’
    • ‘In infants and young children, the tube is wider, straighter and shorter than in adults.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is no consensus, however, on when and how to treat infants and young children with symptoms of asthma.’
    • ‘But, we haven't found a way to take care of our elderly, our poor, young children and infants.’
    • ‘This is a very practical course that explores the value of play in the lives of infants, toddlers and young children.’
    • ‘Viral infection is the cause of fever in most infants and young children.’
    • ‘Shaken baby syndrome occurs most frequently in infants younger than six months old, yet can occur up to the age of three.’
    • ‘Very young children and newborn infants require a lower dose than older children.’
    • ‘Extended families help in caring for infants and young children.’
    baby, newborn, young child, little child, little one
    bairn, wean
    tot, tiny tot, tiny, sprog
    babe, babe in arms
    neonate
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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.’
      • ‘Finally the infants and nursery school children are together.’
      • ‘All parents are welcome to attend with children in the schools from junior infants right up to sixth class.’
      • ‘Angry parents and residents were protesting yesterday over a proposal to build a mobile phone mast near an infant and junior school.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2[as modifier] Denoting something in an early stage of its development:
      ‘the infant Labour Party’
      • ‘As raw as the theatrical chops may have been at this infant stage, the underlying talent is unquestionably in place.’
      • ‘Jeeps and lorries trundled down asphalt roads and the safari package tour was in its infant stages.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How do you judge an infant company endeavoring to develop its business abroad?’
      • ‘Again, we utilized a portion of the 800 system back then - it was in its infant stages in implementation.’
      • ‘They caution that brain fingerprinting is in its infant stage and may never result in a reliable polygraph.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although the Texans' roster is only in its infant stages of development, the staff has had plenty to do besides scouting.’
      • ‘Governments provided public goods and promoted infant industries.’
      • ‘From the early infant stage, children with autism are likely to be developmentally delayed.’
      • ‘It's a program still in its infant stage, and change is inevitable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clearly, Ohio is not in an infant stage as far as hockey goes.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.
      • ‘It may look different if the person being detained is an infant utterly incapable of fleeing the jurisdiction or giving trouble.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would ask the Court to note that the plaintiff is an infant.’

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/