Where does the word “bambino” come from and What does bambino mean in Italian?

Bambino is Italian for “infant, baby,” and applied specifically to images of the infant Jesus in swaddling clothes now exhibited generally at Christmas.

The term has the same root as Greek bambaino, “to stutter,” and was probably suggested by the prattle of an infant.

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