Meaning of “bantam” in the English Dictionary

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"bantam" in British English

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bantamnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbæn.təm/ us /ˈbæn.t̬əm/

Examples from literature

  • Every one who has visited the poultry shows of the past few years must have been delighted and impressed to see the beautiful varieties of bantams. 
  • The little pheasants ran through the orchard and the little bantam hen followed them. 
  • Then again there are rabbits in the stable and very tame pigeons and the tiniest of bantams. 
  • There were eggs that a tiny bantam hen had laid, made into an omelette with very rare herbs from the castle kitchen garden. 
  • Yes, Peter is my pet bantam rooster, said George. 

(Definition of “bantam” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)