- a child during the earliest period of its life, especially before he or she can walk; baby.
- Law. a person who is not of full age, especially one who has not reached the age of 18 years; a minor.
- a beginner, as in experience or learning; novice: The new candidate is a political infant.
- anything in the first stage of existence or progress.
Origin of infant
Examples from the Web for infant
Within six days, however, the infant was admitted to a pediatric hospital with diarrhea, bluish skin, and respiratory failure.Are Water Births Toxic to Babies?
December 12, 2014
Increased access to reproductive healthcare has resulted in better maternal and infant health outcomes.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
October 29, 2014
Two bowls were set before the infant—one containing gold and jewels, the other hot coals.Jon Stewart and 'Meet The Press' Would Have Been One Unhappy Marriage
October 9, 2014
An infant too young to have received his first round of shots gasps for air after having been infected with pertussis.Hey Anti-Vaxxers, Watch NOVA: Vaccines--Calling the Shots
September 11, 2014
Next door is a shop selling fake vintage Ramones cover T-shirts and infant onesises.New York's Sexiest Kosher Corsets
August 20, 2014
I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He led America out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood.
Even while he was an infant in the cradle a strange accident had befallen hum.Biographical Stories
This may happen if her own son be an infant, or very far off, or if she have no son.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Even when an infant, and in your cradle, you had a soul for poetry.
- a child at the earliest stage of its life; baby
- law another word for minor (def. 10)
- British a young schoolchild, usually under the age of seven
- a person who is beginning or inexperienced in an activity
- of or relating to young children or infancy
- designed or intended for young children
- in an early stage of development; nascentan infant science or industry
- law of or relating to the legal status of infancy
Word Origin and History for infant
late 14c., "child during earliest period of life" (sometimes extended to age 7 and sometimes including a fetus), from Latin infantem (nominative infans) "young child, babe in arms," noun use of adjective meaning "not able to speak," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + fans, present participle of fari "speak" (see fame (n.)). As an adjective, 1580s, from the noun.
- A child in the earliest period of life, especially before he or she can walk.