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[bam-bee-noh, bahm-; Italian bahm-bee-naw] /bæmˈbi noʊ, bɑm-; Italian bɑmˈbi nɔ/
noun, plural bambinos Italian, bambini
[bahm-bee-nee] /bɑmˈbi ni/ (Show IPA)
a small child or baby.
an image of the infant Jesus.
Origin of bambino
1755-65; < Italian, equivalent to bamb(o) childish (perhaps orig. nursery word) + -ino diminutive suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bambini
Historical Examples
  • Cincelle da bambini in nella stietta parlatura rustica d' i' Montale Pistolese.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane
  • Drive this, with all the speed you may, to the Isle of bambini, and carry off the six children of Petaldo that are still there.

  • Father bambini was one of those old-fashioned masters, who treat their art with love and veneration.

  • Delsarte received no very regular musical education from Father bambini.

  • Father bambini had taken him to a party where he was to sing on very advantageous terms.

British Dictionary definitions for bambini


noun (pl) -nos, -ni (-niː)
(informal) a young child, esp an Italian one
a representation of the infant Jesus
Word Origin
C18: from Italian
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Word Origin and History for bambini



"little child," 1761, from Italian bambino, "baby," a diminutive of bambo "simple" (cf. Latin bambalio "dolt," Greek bambainein "to stammer"). In U.S. baseball lore, a nickname of George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. (1895-1948).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bambini



  1. A baby or young child
  2. A ruffian; an intimidating man; gorilla, torpedo •In the mid1800s babe, ''rowdy, blackguard,'' is attested; the identification of infant and goon is durable

[1920s+; fr Italian, ''baby,'' literally ''silly little one'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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