WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ban•tam /ˈbæntəm/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Animal Husbandry[countable] a chicken of a very small size.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ban•tam  (bantəm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Animal Husbandry(often cap.) a chicken of any of several varieties or breeds characterized by very small size.
  2. a small and feisty or quarrelsome person.

  1. diminutive;
    tiny:bantam editions of the classics.
  • apparently after Bantam, through which such chickens may have been imported to Europe 1740–50
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged miniature, small, petite, wee, pygmy, Lilliputian.

Ban•tam  (bantəm; Du. bän täm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Place Namesa village in W Java, in S Indonesia: first Dutch settlement in the East Indies.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bantam /ˈbæntəm/ n
  1. any of various very small breeds of domestic fowl
  2. a small but aggressive person
  3. short for bantamweight
  4. Canadian an age level of between 13 and 15 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
Etymology: 18th Century: after Bantam village in Java, said to be the original home of this fowl

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