from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A child in the earliest period of life, especially before he or she can walk.
- n. Law A person under the legal age of majority; a minor.
- adj. Of or being in infancy.
- adj. Intended for infants or young children.
- adj. Newly begun or formed: an infant enterprise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A very young human being, from birth to somewhere between six months and two years of age, needing almost constant care and/or attention.
- n. A minor.
- n. A noble or aristocratic youth.
- v. To bear or bring forth (a child); to produce, in general.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A child in the first period of life, beginning at his birth; a young babe; sometimes, a child several years of age.
- n. A person who is not of full age, or who has not attained the age of legal capacity; a person under the age of twenty-one years; a minor.
- n. Same as Infante.
- adj. Of or pertaining to infancy, or the first period of life; tender; not mature.
- adj. Intended for young children.
- transitive v. To bear or bring forth, as a child; hence, to produce, in general.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. child during the earliest period of its life; a young child. See infancy.
- n. In law, a person who is not of full age; specifically (in Great Britain, the United States, etc.), one who has not attained the age of twenty-one years.
- n. A noble youth. See child, n., 8.
- Of, pertaining to, characterized by, or characteristic of infancy; hence, tender; infantile; incipient: as, infant beauty; infant fortunes.
- Of or pertaining to the legal state of infancy; minor.
- Figuratively, not yet fully grown; still in an early stage of development or growth: as, infant colonies; an infant bud.
- To bring forth as an infant; hence, to give origin or rise to.
- n. A royal prince or princess of Spain or Portugal: as, the Infant Don Philip: not necessarily the heir to the throne. See infante, infanta.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
Middle English, from Old French enfant, from Latin īnfāns, īnfant-, from īnfāns, not able to speak, young : in-, not; + fāns, present participle of fārī, to speak.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin īnfantem, accusative masculine singular of īnfāns, nominal use of the adjective meaning 'not able to speak', from īn- ("not") + fāns, present participle of for ("to speak"). The verb is from Anglo-Norman enfanter, from the same Latin source. (Wiktionary)