What does infant mean?

Definitions for infant
ˈɪn fəntin·fant

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word infant.

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.


  1. infant

    An infant is a very young offspring or child, typically under the age of one or two. This term is typically used in reference to humans, but can also be used for some animals. Infants are characterized by various developmental stages including learning to crawl, recognizing voices, and starting to eat solid foods.

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. Molly Fox:

    Because breastfeeding has also been found to help regulate stress, promote infant bonding and lower the risk of post-partum depression, which suggest acute neurocognitive benefits for the mother, we suspected that it could also be associated with long-term superior cognitive performance for the mother as well.

  2. Guinnevere Shuster:

    It's no different than having a small child or an infant.

  3. press release:

    Parents are encouraged to place the infant in tummy time while awake and supervised for short periods of time beginning soon after hospital discharge, increasing incrementally to at least 15 to 30 minutes total daily by 7 weeks of age.

  4. Jane Houlihan:

    The FDA should lower the allowable limit, in the meantime, parents have options -- other types of infant cereal have one-sixth as much arsenic as infant rice cereal, on average, and are safer choices.

  5. Sally Findley:

    Evidence shows that the families who initiate regular primary care while the child is an infant are more likely to continue having a good relationship with the provider, maintaining the medical home, between ages 1 and 5.

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