from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various breeds of very small domestic fowl that are often miniatures of members of larger breeds.
- n. A small but aggressive and spirited person.
- adj. Diminutive; miniature.
- adj. Aggressive and spirited.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any of several small chickens, especially one that is a miniature version of another
- adj. small or miniature
- adj. spirited or aggressive
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A variety of small barnyard fowl, with feathered legs, probably brought from Bantam, a district of Java.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general name for a number of varieties of the common hen possessing the characteristic of very diminutive size.
- n. Same as Bantam-work.
- Pertaining to or resembling the bantam; of the breed of the bantam; hence, diminutive; puny; absurdly combative, or fussy and consequential.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various small breeds of fowl
- adj. very small
After Bantam, former town in Indonesia from which such fowl were thought to have originated.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch Bantam (a city in Java) (Wiktionary)