Definition of bantam
1 : any of numerous small domestic fowls that are often miniatures of members of the standard breeds
2 : a person of diminutive stature and often combative disposition
Recent Examples of bantam from the Web
The feed buckets in the hen house are labeled with green and yellow Dunes Learning Center stickers, and three types of hens — Rhode Island red, barred rock and bantam white —cluck in the hen house and the adjacent fenced yard.
An officer responding to a report of a chicken running through an intersection was able to capture the black bantam rooster.
Walter’s big regret was letting 15-year-old Stephen go to the rough-and-tumble Western Hockey League when he was drafted third over all in the 1995 W.H.L. bantam draft.
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Origin and Etymology of bantam
Bantam, former residency in Java
First Known Use: 1740See Words from the same year
Examples of bantam in a Sentence
a bantam comedian who is known to fellow performers for his oversize ego
First Known Use of bantam
Definition of Bantam
former town of Indonesia in the northwestern corner of Java; once capital of the Sultanate of Bantam
BANTAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bantam for English Language Learners
: a kind of small chicken
BANTAM Defined for Kids
Definition of bantam for Students
: a miniature breed of domestic chicken often raised for exhibiting in shows
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