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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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  • 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.

  • Cincelle da bambini in nella stietta parlatura rustica d' i' Montale Pistolese.

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  • 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.

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).

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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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