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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.fɑ̃/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: enfants
  • Rhymes: -ɑ̃

NounEdit

enfant m, f (plural enfants)

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

Usage notesEdit

Rarely used as a feminine noun.

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Further readingEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French enfant.

NounEdit

enfant m (plural enfanz)

  1. child

DescendantsEdit


OccitanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably borrowed from Latin īnfāns, īnfāntem.

NounEdit

enfant m (plural enfants)

  1. child

Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

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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