- a very young child; baby: often used of certain nonhuman animals: a chimpanzee infant
- a person in the state of legal infancy; minor
Origin of infantMiddle English infaunt ; from Old French enfant ; from Classical Latin infans (gen. infantis), child ; from adjective , not yet speaking ; from in-, not + fans, present participle of fari, to speak: see fame
- of or for infants or infancy
- in a very early stage
- A child in the earliest period of life, especially before he or she can walk.
- Law A person under the legal age of majority; a minor.
- A very young nonhuman mammal, especially a primate.
- Of or being in infancy.
- Intended for infants or young children.
- Newly begun or formed: an infant enterprise.
Origin of infantMiddle English, from Old French enfant, from Latin &imacron;nfans, &imacron;nfant-, from &imacron;nfans, not able to speak, young : in-, not; see in–1 + fans, present participle of far&imacron;, to speak; see bha-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present infants, present participle infanting, simple past and past participle infanted)