Let's Compare Childhood and Infancy


Childhood is the age span ranging from birth to adolescence. According to Piaget's theory of cognitive development, childhood consists of two stages: preoperational stage and concrete operational stage.

childhood n 1: the time of person's life when they are a child 2: the state of a child between infancy and adolescence [syn: {puerility}]

Childhood \Child"hood\ (ch[imac]ld"h[oo^]d), n. [AS. cildh[=a]d; cild child + -h[=a]d. See {Child}, and {-hood}.] 1. The state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty. [1913 Webster] I have walked before you from my childhood. --1. Sam. xii. 2. [1913 Webster] 2. Children, taken collectively. [R.] [1913 Webster] The well-governed childhood of this realm. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 3. The commencement; the first period. [1913 Webster] The childhood of our joy. --Shak. [1913 Webster] {Second childhood}, the state of being feeble and incapable from old age. [1913 Webster]

CHILDHOOD, n. The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth -- two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.


An infant (from the Latin word infans, meaning "unable to speak" or "speechless") is the more formal or specialised synonym for "baby", the very young offspring of a human or other animal.

infancy n 1: the early stage of growth or development [syn: {babyhood}, {early childhood}] 2: the earliest state of immaturity [syn: {babyhood}]

Infancy \In"fan*cy\, n. [L. infantia: cf. F. enfance. See {Infant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state or period of being an infant; the first part of life; early childhood. [1913 Webster] The babe yet lies in smiling infancy. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Their love in early infancy began. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. The first age of anything; the beginning or early period of existence; as, the infancy of an art. [1913 Webster] The infancy and the grandeur of Rome. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) The state or condition of one under age, or under the age of twenty-one years; nonage; minority. [1913 Webster]

INFANCY, n. The period of our lives when, according to Wordsworth, "Heaven lies about us." The world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.

Data Sources:

  • childhood: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • childhood: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • childhood: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • infancy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • infancy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • infancy: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)

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