from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Puppets animated by moving wires or mechanical means.
- n.pl. A show using such puppets.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Puppets caused to perform dramatic scenes by means of machinery.
- n. The puppet shows in which they are used.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Puppets caused to perform evolutions or dramatic scenes by means of machinery; also, the representations in which they are used.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Puppets which are made to go through evolutions by means of concealed wires or strings.
- Dramatic representations in which puppets are substituted for human performers.
Italian, pl. of fantoccino, diminutive of fantoccio, puppet, augmentative of fante, child, short for infante, from Latin īnfāns, īnfant-, infant; see infant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian, diminutive from fante child. (Wiktionary)