infant


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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)
References in classic literature ?
The little grave where her infant sleeps Is 'neath the chestnut tree.
There was a picture of Madame Lebrun with Robert as a baby, seated in her lap, a round-faced infant with a fist in his mouth.
He made no reply, though his eye fell wistfully on the beautiful form of Alice, who was clinging to his arm with the dependency of an infant.
Dear Clifford," said Hepzibah, in the tone with which one soothes a wayward infant, "this is our cousin Phoebe,--little Phoebe Pyncheon,--Arthur's only child, you know.
In olden times an eagle swooped down upon the New England coast, and carried off an infant Indian in his talons.
For a year or two Eliza saw her husband frequently, and there was nothing to interrupt their happiness, except the loss of two infant children, to whom she was passionately attached, and whom she mourned with a grief so intense as to call for gentle remonstrance from her mistress, who sought, with maternal anxiety, to direct her naturally passionate feelings within the bounds of reason and religion.
It was not fair to spring those nineteenth century technicalities upon the untutored infant of the sixth and then rail at her because she couldn't get their drift; and when she was making the honest best drive at it she could, too, and no fault of hers that she couldn't fetch the home plate; and so I apologized.
You see, it won't ever do for me, a brigadier in the regular army, to preside over that infant court-martial - there isn't any precedent for it, don't you see.
He said there was hundreds of soldiers there, and elephants and treasure, and so on, but we had enemies which he called magicians; and they had turned the whole thing into an infant Sunday- school, just out of spite.
In the same manner did Miss Dearborn lay what she fondly imagined to be foundations in the infant mind.
You, whom she had known from an infant, whom she had seen grow up from a period when her notice was an honour, to have you now, in thoughtless spirits, and the pride of the moment, laugh at her, humble herand before her niece, tooand before others, many of whom (certainly some,) would be entirely guided by your treatment of her.
I could not remember him; but I knew that he was my own uncle--my mother's brother--that he had taken me when a parentless infant to his house; and that in his last moments he had required a promise of Mrs.