bambino

bambino

[bam-bee-noh, bahm-; Italian bahm-bee-naw]
noun, plural bambinos Italian, bambini [bahm-bee-nee] .
1.
a small child or baby.
2.
an image of the infant Jesus.

Origin:
1755–65; < Italian, equivalent to bamb(o) childish (perhaps orig. nursery word) + -ino diminutive suffix

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bambino (bæmˈbiːnəʊ)
 
n , pl -nos, -ni
1.  informal a young child, esp an Italian one
2.  a representation of the infant Jesus
 
[C18: from Italian]

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bambino
"little child," 1761, from It., "baby," a dim. of bambo "simple" (cf. L. bambalio "dolt," Gk. bambainein "to stammer").
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