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in·fant

 (ĭn′fənt)
n.
1. A child in the earliest period of life, especially before he or she can walk.
2. Law A person under the legal age of majority; a minor.
3. A very young nonhuman mammal, especially a primate.
adj.
1. Of or being in infancy.
2. Intended for infants or young children.
3. Newly begun or formed: an infant enterprise.

[Middle English, from Old French enfant, from Latin īnfāns, īnfant-, from īnfāns, not able to speak, young : in-, not; see in-1 + fāns, present participle of fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

infant

(ˈɪnfənt)
n
1. a child at the earliest stage of its life; baby
2. (Law) law another word for minor10
3. (Education) Brit a young schoolchild, usually under the age of seven
4. a person who is beginning or inexperienced in an activity
5. (modifier)
a. of or relating to young children or infancy
b. designed or intended for young children
adj
6. in an early stage of development; nascent: an infant science or industry.
7. (Law) law of or relating to the legal status of infancy
[C14: from Latin infāns, literally: speechless, from in-1 + fārī to speak]
ˈinfantˌhood n

in•fant

(ˈɪn fənt)

n.
1. a child during the earliest period of its life, esp. before it can walk; baby.
2. Law. a person below the age of majority; minor.
3. a beginner, as in experience or learning; novice.
4. anything in the first stage of existence or progress.
adj.
5. of or pertaining to infants or infancy.
6. being in infancy.
7. being in the earliest stage.
[1350–1400; Middle English enfaunt < Anglo-French < Latin infantem, acc. infāns small child, literally, one unable to speak =in- in-3 + fāns, present participle of fārī to speak]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infant - a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talkinfant - a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk; "the baby began to cry again"; "she held the baby in her arms"; "it sounds simple, but when you have your own baby it is all so different"
blue baby - an infant born with a bluish color; usually has a defective heart
cherub - a sweet innocent baby
child, kid - a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; "they had three children"; "they were able to send their kids to college"
abandoned infant, foundling - a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown
godchild - an infant who is sponsored by an adult (the godparent) at baptism
neonate, newborn, newborn baby, newborn infant - a baby from birth to four weeks
nurseling, nursling, suckling - an infant considered in relation to its nurse
papoose, pappoose - an American Indian infant
test-tube baby - a baby conceived by fertilization that occurs outside the mother's body; the woman's ova are removed and mixed with sperm in a culture medium - if fertilization occurs the blastocyte is implanted in the woman's uterus
war baby - conceived or born during war

infant

noun
1. baby, child, babe, toddler, tot, wean (Scot.), little one, bairn (Scot.), suckling, newborn child, babe in arms, sprog (slang), munchkin (informal, chiefly U.S.), neonate, rug rat (slang), littlie (Austral. informal), ankle-biter (Austral. slang) young mums with infants in prams
adjective
1. early, new, developing, young, growing, initial, dawning, fledgling, newborn, immature, embryonic, emergent, nascent, unfledged The infant company was based in Germany.
Quotations
"At first the infant,"
"Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms" [William Shakespeare As You Like It]

infant

noun
1. A very young child:
2. Law. One who is not yet legally of age:
Law: minor.
adjective
Being in an early period of growth or development:
Translations
طِفْل، قاصِر
kojenecdětskýdítě
spædbarnbabygrundskole
infano
imeväinenpikkulapsi
csecsemõcsecsemőkisbabakiskorú
smábarn
infans
kūdikystė
bērna-bērnudārzsmazbērnszīdaiņa-zīdainis
bebeluş
dete
spädbarn
bebekçok küçük çocuk

infant

[ˈɪnfənt]
A. Nniño/a m/f (Jur) → menor mf de edad
the infant Jesusel niño Jesús
B. CPD infant class Nclase f de párvulos
infant mortality Nmortandad f or mortalidad f infantil
infant school N (Brit) centro de educación primaria (primer ciclo)

infant

[ˈɪnfənt] n
(= baby) → nourrisson m
(= young child) → petit(e) enfant m/f infant carrier, infant soninfant carrier nporte-bébé m

infant

n (= baby)Säugling m; (= young child)Kleinkind nt; (Jur) → Minderjährige(r) mf; she teaches infantssie unterrichtet Grundschulkinder; infant careSäuglingspflege f; infant class (Brit) erste und zweite Grundschulklasse; infant deathSäuglingstod m, → Tod mim ersten Lebensjahr; infant formulaSäuglingsnahrung f; infant seatKindersitz m
adj (= new) democracy, industry etcjung

infant

[ˈɪnfənt] nbambino/a (Law) → minorenne m/f, minore m/f

infant

(ˈinfənt) noun
a baby or very young child. the baptism of infants; (also adjective) an infant school.
ˈinfancy noun
the state or time of being a baby. They had two children who died in infancy.

in·fant

n. infante, lactante.

infant

n bebé mf, recién nacido -da mf, nene -na mf (fam)
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If you remember that Infant who told a tale to Eustace Cleever the novelist, you will remember that he became a baronet with a vast estate.
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this is the infant phenomenon--Miss Ninetta Crummles.
A small ragged girl dragged a red, bawling infant along the crowded ways.
When the young woman -- the mother of this child -- stood fully revealed before the crowd, it seemed to be her first impulse to clasp the infant closely to her bosom; not so much by an impulse of motherly affection, as that she might thereby conceal a certain token, which was wrought or fastened into her dress.
The eldest of the comers, a girl who wore a triangular shawl, its corners draggling on the stubble, carried in her arms what at first sight seemed to be a doll, but proved to be an infant in long clothes.
Prince Andrew ran to the door; the scream ceased and he heard the wail of an infant.
Of course it's just the same THING; but a baby has got to be called babe or infant in a circular, the same as it is in poetry
The infant is laid in a wooden trough, by way of cradle.
I, their eldest child, was born at Naples, and as an infant accompanied them in their rambles.
A SNAKE, having made his hole close to the porch of a cottage, inflicted a mortal bite on the Cottager's infant son.
When and where it first became the conventional system that a weary or inattentive infant in a class must have its face smoothed downward with a hot hand, or when and where the conventional volunteer boy first beheld such system in operation, and became inflamed with a sacred zeal to administer it, matters not.