Meaning of “infant” in the English Dictionary

"infant" in British English

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infantnoun

uk /ˈɪn.fənt/ us /ˈɪn.fənt/

infant noun (YOUNG CHILD)

C2 [ C ] a baby or a very young child:

a newborn infant

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  • She has five children, the youngest of whom is still an infant.
  • He was very unwell as an infant, and was not expected to live into adulthood.
  • Separated from his mother when he was just an infant, the boy grew up in a children's home.
  • She isn't able to look after herself at all - she's as helpless as an infant.
  • I'll give you this booklet to read, which gives advice about feeding infants of under four months.

infant noun (SCHOOL)

[ C ] UK a student at an infant school:

Jenny is a top-year infant now.
the infants [ plural ] UK

→  infant school :

Andrew's still in the infants.

infantadjective

uk /ˈɪn.fənt/ us /ˈɪn.fənt/ UK

(Definition of “infant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"infant" in American English

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infantnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪn·fənt/

a baby

(Definition of “infant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)