Definition of bambino in US English:



  • 1A baby or young child.

    ‘she admits that she is expecting a summer bambino’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The following morning was eerie in silence; even our bambinos were stilled in crying.’
    • ‘For you, it may be chocolate pudding or Nonna's sweet milk and rice porridge, essential to the future well-being of every bambino.’
    • ‘No wonder the Blairs hope their little bambino is of the fairer sex.’
    1. 1.1 An image of the infant Jesus.
      ‘you may want to make stars for your Christmas tree or a radiant bambino’
      • ‘The life-like bambini appeared unperturbed, their faces calm and angelic, their wide eyes turned to the sky.’
      • ‘He created the world's first Christmas creche, complete with a real bambino, in the corner of a village church in 1223.’


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