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bambino

[bam-bee-noh, bahm-; Italian bahm-bee-naw]
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noun, plural bam·bi·nos, Italian, bam·bi·ni [bahm-bee-nee] /bɑmˈbi ni/.
  1. a small child or baby.
  2. an image of the infant Jesus.

Origin of bambino

1755–65; < Italian, equivalent to bamb(o) childish (perhaps orig. nursery word) + -ino diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for bambino

Historical Examples

  • The bambino, to express his agony, was grinning from ear to ear.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • He declared that the bambino was a masterpiece, a pure Corregio.

  • That night Bambino was on his way to Liverpool, from which port the steamer started.

    Jack Harkaway in New York

    Bracebridge Hemyng

  • Bambino promised to bring her round that evening, and took his departure.

    Jack Harkaway in New York

    Bracebridge Hemyng

  • Even Bambino, wretch that he was, had known what it was to love, and he sighed for her misery.

    Jack Harkaway in New York

    Bracebridge Hemyng


British Dictionary definitions for bambino

bambino

noun plural -nos or -ni (-niː)
  1. informal a young child, esp an Italian one
  2. a representation of the infant Jesus

Word Origin

C18: from Italian
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Word Origin and History for bambino

n.

"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).

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