infant

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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.

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infant (plural infants)

  1. A very young human being, from birth to somewhere between six months and two years of age, needing almost constant care and/or attention.
  2. (law) A minor.
  3. (obsolete) A noble or aristocratic youth.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.2:
      Retourned home, the royall Infant fell / Into her former fitt [...].

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infant (third-person singular simple present infants, present participle infanting, simple past and past participle infanted)

  1. (obsolete) To bear or bring forth (a child); to produce, in general.
    • Milton
      This worthy motto, "No bishop, no king," is [] infanted out of the same fears.