Infant



[in-fuh nt] /ˈɪn fənt/

noun
1.
a child during the earliest period of its life, especially before he or she can walk; baby.
2.
Law. a person who is not of full age, especially one who has not reached the age of 18 years; a minor.
3.
a beginner, as in experience or learning; novice:
The new candidate is a political infant.
4.
anything in the first stage of existence or progress.
adjective
5.
of or relating to infants or :
infant years.
6.
being in :
an infant king.
7.
being in the earliest stage:
an infant industry.
8.
of or relating to the legal state of ; minor.
/ˈɪnfənt/
noun
1.
a child at the earliest stage of its life; baby
2.
(law) another word for minor (sense 10)
3.
(Brit) a young schoolchild, usually under the age of seven
4.
a person who is beginning or inexperienced in an activity
5.
(modifier)

adjective
6.
in an early stage of development; nascent: an infant science or industry
7.
(law) of or relating to the legal status of infancy
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.

infant in·fant (ĭn’fənt)
n.
A child in the earliest period of life, especially before he or she can walk.

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