infant


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

  1. of or relating to infants or infancy: infant years.
  2. being in infancy: an infant king.
  3. being in the earliest stage: an infant industry.
  4. of or relating to the legal state of infancy; minor.

noun

  1. a child at the earliest stage of its life; baby
  2. law another word for minor (def. 10)
  3. British a young schoolchild, usually under the age of seven
  4. a person who is beginning or inexperienced in an activity
  5. (modifier)
    1. of or relating to young children or infancy
    2. designed or intended for young children

adjective

  1. in an early stage of development; nascentan infant science or industry
  2. 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.

n.

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

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