- n. 婴儿；幼儿；未成年人
- adj. 婴儿的；幼稚的；初期的；未成年的
- n. (Infant)人名；(英)因方特
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- infant:  Etymologically, an infant is ‘someone who cannot yet speak’. The word comes via Old French enfant from Latin infāns ‘young child’, a noun use of the adjective infāns, originally ‘unable to speak’, which was formed from the negative prefix in- and the present participle of fārī ‘speak’ (source of English fable, fame, fate, etc).
The somewhat improbable derivative infantry  comes via French from Italian infanteria; this was based on infante, whose original meaning ‘young person’ had shifted to ‘foot soldier’ (a development distantly reminiscent of the use of British English lads for ‘male members of a group, team, etc’).
=> fable, fame, fate
- infant (n.)
- late 14c., "child during earliest period of life" (sometimes extended to age 7 and sometimes including a fetus), from Latin infantem (nominative infans) "young child, babe in arms," noun use of adjective meaning "not able to speak," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + fans, present participle of fari "to speak," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say" (see fame (n.)). As an adjective, 1580s, from the noun.
- 1. The United States ranks 20th in its infant mortality rate.
- 2. There was an infant squalling in the back of the church.
- 3. pioneering work on infant mortality
- 4. The operation on the new born infant was a failure.
- 5. The sole survivor of the crash was an infant.
[ infant 造句 ]