Definition of infant in English:


Line breaks: in¦fant
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnf(ə)nt


  • 1A very young child or baby: healthy infants [as modifier]: infant mortality
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    • Children consistently rated girls better caregivers for infants, young kids and the elderly.
    • Very young children and newborn infants require a lower dose than older children.
    • Shaken baby syndrome occurs most frequently in infants younger than six months old, yet can occur up to the age of three.
    baby, newborn, young child, little child, little one; Scottish & Northern English bairn, wean
    informal tot, tiny tot, tiny, sprog
    literary babe, babe in arms
    technical neonate
  • 1.1British A schoolchild between the ages of about four and eight: [as modifier]: their first year at infant school
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    • Around 100 children were selected by Pinehurst junior and infants schools to attend the party.
    • Proposals have been revealed for the infant school, junior school and nursery to move to a new campus off Sheepfoot Lane, within the perimeter of Heaton Park.
    • Angry parents and residents were protesting yesterday over a proposal to build a mobile phone mast near an infant and junior school.
  • 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting something in an early stage of its development: the infant Labour Party
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    • From the early infant stage, children with autism are likely to be developmentally delayed.
    • Although the Texans' roster is only in its infant stages of development, the staff has had plenty to do besides scouting.
    • As raw as the theatrical chops may have been at this infant stage, the underlying talent is unquestionably in place.
  • 1.3 Law A person who has not attained legal majority.
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    • In the result the benefit of the lease was assigned by decree to the infant and the trustee, subject to indemnity, made to account for profits.
    • I would ask the Court to note that the plaintiff is an infant.
    • It may look different if the person being detained is an infant utterly incapable of fleeing the jurisdiction or giving trouble.


late Middle English: from Old French enfant, from Latin infant- 'unable to speak', from in- 'not' + fant- 'speaking' (from the verb fari).

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