infant

[ in-fuh nt ]
/ ˈɪn fənt /

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. infamize,
  2. infamous,
  3. infamously,
  4. infamy,
  5. infancy,
  6. infant apnea,
  7. infant mortality rate,
  8. infant prodigy,
  9. infant school,
  10. infanta

Origin of infant

1350–1400; < Latin infant- (stem of infāns) small child, literally, one unable to speak, equivalent to in- in-3 + -fāns, present participle of fārī to speak; replacing Middle English enfaunt < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

Related formsin·fant·hood, nounin·fant·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for infant

infant

/ (ˈɪnfənt) /

noun

adjective

in an early stage of development; nascentan infant science or industry
law of or relating to the legal status of infancy
Derived Formsinfanthood, noun

Word Origin for infant

C14: from Latin infāns, literally: speechless, from in- 1 + fārī to speak

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Word Origin and History for infant

infant

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for infant

infant

[ ĭnfənt ]

n.

A child in the earliest period of life, especially before he or she can walk.

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