What does infant mean?

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ˈɪn fəntin·fant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baby, babe, infantnoun

    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"


  1. infantnoun

    A very young human being, from birth to somewhere between six months and two years of age, needing almost constant care and/or attention.

  2. infantnoun

    A minor.

  3. infantnoun

    A noble or aristocratic youth.

  4. infantverb

    To bear or bring forth (a child); to produce, in general.

  5. Etymology: infantem, accusative masculine singular of infans, nominal use of the adjective meaning 'not able to speak', from in- + fans, present participle of for. The verb is from enfanter, from the same Latin source.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Infantnoun

    Etymology: infant, French; infans, Latin.

    It being a part of their virtuous education, serveth greatly both to nourish in them the fear of God, and to put us in continual remembrance of that powerful grace, which openeth the mouths of infants to sound his praise. Richard Hooker.

    Within the infant rind of this small flower
    Poison hath residence, and medicine power. William Shakespeare.

    There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days. Is. lxv. 20.

    First the shrill sound of a small rural pipe,
    Was entertainment for the infant stage. Wentworth Dillon.

    Young mothers wildly stare, with fear possest,
    And strain their helpless infants to their breast. John Dryden, Æn.

    In their tender nonage, while they spread
    Their springing leaves and lift their infant head,
    Indulge their childhood. John Dryden, Virg. Georg.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Infantnoun

    a child in the first period of life, beginning at his birth; a young babe; sometimes, a child several years of age

  2. Infantnoun

    a person who is not of full age, or who has not attained the age of legal capacity; a person under the age of twenty-one years; a minor

  3. Infantnoun

    same as Infante

  4. Infantadjective

    of or pertaining to infancy, or the first period of life; tender; not mature; as, infant strength

  5. Infantadjective

    intended for young children; as, an infant school

  6. Infantverb

    to bear or bring forth, as a child; hence, to produce, in general

  7. Etymology: [L. infans; pref. in- not + fari to speak: cf. F. enfant, whence OE. enfaunt. See Fame, and cf. Infante, Infanta.]


  1. Infant

    An infant is the very young offspring of a human. When applied to humans, the term is usually considered synonymous with baby or bairn, but the latter is commonly applied to the young of any animal. When a human child learns to walk, the term toddler may be used instead. The term infant is typically applied to young children between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; however, definitions may vary between birth and 2 years of age. A newborn is an infant who is only hours, days, or up to a few weeks old. In medical contexts, newborn or neonate refers to an infant in the first 28 days after birth; the term applies to premature infants, postmature infants, and full term infants. Before birth, the term fetus is used.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Infant

    in′fant, n. a babe: (Eng. law) a person under twenty-one years of age.—adj. belonging to infants or to infancy: tender: intended for infants.—v.t. (obs.) to have as an infant: to give rise to.—n. In′fancy, the state or time of being an infant: childhood: the beginning of anything: (Milt.) want of distinct utterance.—adjs. Infantile (in′fant-īl, or -il), Infantine (in′fant-īn, or -in), pertaining to infancy or to an infant. [L. infans, -antisin, not, fans, pr.p. of fāri, to speak; Gr. phēmi.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Infant

    A child between 1 and 23 months of age.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A disturber of the peace. INFANTRY A defender of the peace.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Infant

    In law, any person under the age of twenty-one.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'infant' in Nouns Frequency: #1546

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of infant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of infant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of infant in a Sentence

  1. Jason Brewer:

    Infant formula has become a top item for thieves because it is easy to quickly resell. Increasingly, we are seeing infant formula resold online.

  2. Kathy Campbell:

    There was no reason that we could identify as to why the Kasai surgery wouldn’t work, it’s always devastating to our entire team when we feel like everything has been done correctly, and still we’re faced with a failed Kasai and a 3-month-old infant who now is going to need a liver transplant before they’re a year of age.

  3. Kazumitsu Tsuru:

    I think the role of infant institutions will change, none of us wants to see a child stay longer here than they need to be.

  4. Karen Puopolo:

    In fact, the risk in the short-term appears to be no greater if mother and infant room-in together using infection control measures compared to physical separation of the infant in a room separate from the mother.

  5. Grady Judd:

    I will never be able to unsee that mother with that deceased infant in her arms, it is a horror of the utmost magnitude.

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    an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player
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