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bun·​ting | \ ˈbən-tiŋ How to pronounce bunting (audio) \

Definition of bunting

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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


noun (2)

Definition of bunting (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a lightweight loosely woven fabric used chiefly for flags and festive decorations
2a : flags
b : decorations especially in the colors of the national flag


noun (3)

Definition of bunting (Entry 3 of 3)

: an infant's hooded garment made of napped fabric

First Known Use of bunting

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bunting

Noun (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

perhaps from English dialect bunt (to sift)

Noun (3)

term of endearment in the nursery rhyme "Bye, baby bunting"

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The first known use of bunting was in the 14th century

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“Bunting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunting. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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bun·​ting | \ ˈbən-tiŋ How to pronounce bunting (audio) \

Kids Definition of bunting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bird similar to a sparrow in size and habits but having a stout bill



Kids Definition of bunting (Entry 2 of 2)

: flags or decorations made of a thin cloth

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