- the state or period of being an infant; very early childhood, usually the period before being able to walk; babyhood.
- the corresponding period in the existence of anything; very early stage: Space science is in its infancy.
- infants collectively.
- Law. the period of life to the age of majority, 21 years at common law but now usually 18; minority; nonage.
Origin of infancy
Examples from the Web for infancy
There was no YouTube or social media; the Internet was in its infancy.These Clinton Haters Can’t Quit the Crazy
May 22, 2014
The nuclear metamorphosized giant monster genre was in its infancy when Godzilla was first born.A Comprehensive History of Toho’s Original Kaiju (and Atomic Allegory) Godzilla
May 18, 2014
As for social mobility, Tocqueville wrote at a time when American industry was in its infancy.Poulos Gets Piketty—and Tocqueville—Wrong
April 26, 2014
I was a young reporter in the city and covered this controversy in its infancy.The Grotesque Ban On Gays In New York’s St Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 2014
However, Kuniak is hopeful for the future, stating this type of therapy is still “in its infancy.”The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment
February 17, 2014
What then have you done with the sums given you from infancy to squander?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I never, for my part, loved any creature, as I loved you from your infancy till now.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire past of age.The Devil's Dictionary
He showed me their power and made me feel it was still but in its infancy.The Harbor
Their use was in its infancy, and their character was primitive.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
- the state or period of being an infant; childhood
- an early stage of growth or development
- infants collectively
- the period of life prior to attaining legal majority (reached at 21 under common law, at 18 by statute); minority nonage
Word Origin and History for infancy
late 14c., from Anglo-French enfaunce and directly from Latin infantia "early childhood," literally "inability to speak," from infantem (see infant).
- The earliest period of childhood, especially before the ability to walk has been acquired.
- The state of being an infant.