< /bɑmˈbi ni/.

  1. a small child or baby.
  2. an image of the infant Jesus.

noun plural -nos or -ni (-niː)

  1. informal a young child, esp an Italian one
  2. a representation of the infant Jesus

“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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