: any of various stout-billed passerine birds (families Cardinalidae and Emberizidae) of which some are grouped with the cardinal and some with the New World sparrows compare indigo bunting, painted bunting
: an infant's hooded garment made of napped fabric
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Five hundred girls from across Missouri arrive to campus amid the red, white and blue bunting and crepe-paper rolls.—Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 21 Jan. 2024 My visit took place on a blustery day when a photograph by a visitor from Arlington, Trista Nealon, captured one of the buntings with its winged feathers delicately swept up by the gusts of wind.—Richard B. Karel, Baltimore Sun, 5 Jan. 2024 At the debate, the familiar trappings were present — red, white and blue bunting, lights, cameras, hordes of press, hangers-on and opposition spokespeople, including Gov. Gavin Newsom — but the tension of a nomination up for grabs was notably absent.—David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 In a bomb shelter festooned with Israeli flags and colorful plastic bunting, children who lost parents in the Hamas attacks on Israel danced, sang and ate jelly donuts, courtesy of a young Californian boy who forged an unlikely bond with the devastated community.—NBC News, 16 Dec. 2023 Though it's made by Thule, this attractive, warm bunting is compatible with any stroller with a five-point harness.—Maya Polton, Parents, 20 Oct. 2023 Edinburgh locals decorated their homes and businesses with bunting and banners like London did for the June 2 coronation day.—Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 30 June 2023 There were concrete statues of soldiers kneeling at crosses, patriotic bunting and images of the Founding Fathers, with facsimiles of the Declaration of Independence, the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance nearby.—Susan L Trollinger, The Conversation, 18 Oct. 2023 On Fair Saturday, Don DeWeese was on his porch at Cabin 32, a powder-blue two-story with white trim and patriotic bunting.—Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 See More
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perhaps from English dialect bunt (to sift)
term of endearment in the nursery rhyme "Bye, baby bunting"