- Strips of material used as festive decoration, especially in the colours of the national flag.
- (nautical) A thin cloth of woven wool from which flags are made; it is light enough to spread in a gentle wind but resistant to fraying in a strong wind.
- Flags considered as a group.
[From circa 1300], from bountyng, of unknown origin. Possibly from buntin (“plump”) (compare baby bunting, Scots buntin (“short and thick”), Welsh bontin (“rump”) and bontinog (“big-arsed”)), or a double diminutive of French bon. Or possibly a reference to speckled plumage, from an unrecorded Old English word akin to German bunt (“multi-coloured”), Dutch bont.
bunting (plural buntings)
- Any of various songbirds, mostly of the genus Emberiza, having short bills and brown or gray plumage.
- black-headed bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)
- corn bunting (Emberiza calandra)
- indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea)
- painted bunting (Passerina ciris or Calcarius pictus)
- reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)
- snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)