Definition of bambino in English:


Pronunciation /bamˈbēnō/ /bæmˈbinoʊ/


  • 1A baby or young child.

    ‘she admits that she is expecting a summer bambino’
    • ‘No wonder the Blairs hope their little bambino is of the fairer sex.’
    • ‘Nobody minds if you bring the bambini along or your shoes are scruffy - there may be grand hotels but there are plenty of inexpensive pensioni as well.’
    • ‘The following morning was eerie in silence; even our bambinos were stilled in crying.’
    • ‘One is taking the bambino's temperature daily, maybe even morning and night, always at exactly the same hour, although nothing seems to be amiss.’
    • ‘For you, it may be chocolate pudding or Nonna's sweet milk and rice porridge, essential to the future well-being of every bambino.’
    1. 1.1An image of the infant Jesus.
      ‘you may want to make stars for your Christmas tree or a radiant bambino’
      • ‘He created the world's first Christmas creche, complete with a real bambino, in the corner of a village church in 1223.’
      • ‘The life-like bambini appeared unperturbed, their faces calm and angelic, their wide eyes turned to the sky.’


Early 18th century Italian, diminutive of bambo ‘silly’.