Origin of bantam
Definition for bantam (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for bantam
Lonard thinks ha-ha-ha and tells Bantam that the rights have reverted to him, which they have.
Bantam calls and says, “We must publish Juvenal [original title].”
In another study, “one man reported that he felt compelled to incubate and help hatch out a clutch of bantam chickens.”
Reprinted by arrangement with Bantam Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Bantam [the eventual paperback publisher] sold six million copies in 20 years.
We sailed from Bantam, homeward bound, on the 1st November 1616.
That evening, just before dinner, as Mrs. Bantam had correctly reported, the doctor had been sent for.The House by the River|A. P. Herbert
Bantam Lyons doubted an instant, leering: then thrust the outspread sheets back on Mr Bloom's arms.Ulysses|James Joyce
May 3d, we proceeded for Bantam, saluting the town of Booton at our departure with three guns.
Bantam promised this, as indeed he would have any thing else.
British Dictionary definitions for bantam
- an age level of between 13 and 15 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
- (as modifier)bantam hockey
Word Origin for bantam
Word Origin and History for bantam
1749, after Bantam, former Dutch residency in Java, from which the small domestic fowl were said to have been first imported. Extension to "small person" is 1837. As a light weight class in boxing, it is attested from 1884, probably from the birds, which are small but aggressive and bred for fighting.