enfant

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French enfant, from Old French enfant/enfes, probably a borrowing from Latin īnfāns, īnfāntem, according to the Trésor de la Langue Française.

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Noun[edit]

enfant m, f ‎(plural enfants)

  1. child (someone who is not yet an adult)
  2. child (offspring)

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Rarely used as a feminine noun

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French enfant.

Noun[edit]

enfant m (plural enfanz)

  1. child

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Occitan[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably a borrowing from Latin īnfāns, īnfāntem.

Noun[edit]

enfant m (plural enfants)

  1. child

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably a borrowing from Latin īnfāntem, accusative singular of īnfāns. The nominative form enfes derives from the Latin nominative form īnfāns.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (oblique singular) early IPA(key): /ɛ̃n.fãnt/, later IPA(key): /ãn.fãnt/ (after lowering of nasalized vowels)
  • (nominative singular) early IPA(key): /ɛ̃n.fəs/, later IPA(key): /ãn.fəs/

Noun[edit]

enfant m ‎(oblique plural enfanz, nominative singular enfes, nominative plural enfant)

  1. child
    • 13th century, Herman de Valenciennes, Assomption Nostre Dame, page 8, column 1, line 28:
      totes les puceles & trestuit li enfant
      All the young women and all the children

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