infancy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin īnfantia (infancy, early childhood; childishness), equivalent to infant +‎ -cy.

Noun[edit]

infancy (countable and uncountable, plural infancies)

  1. The earliest period of childhood (crawling rather than walking).
  2. The state of being an infant.
  3. (figuratively) An early stage in the development of anything.
    Space tourism is still in its infancy.
  4. (law) The state of being a minor.

Synonyms[edit]

(earliest period of childhood):

(state of being an infant):

(state of being a minor):

Translations[edit]

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