< /bɑmˈbi ni/.
- a small child or baby.
- an image of the infant Jesus.
noun plural -nos or -ni (-niː)
- informal a young child, esp an Italian one
- 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).