- 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 Middle English bunting, bountyng, buntynge (also as Middle English buntyle), of uncertain origin. Possibly a reference to speckled plumage, from an unrecorded Middle English *bunt (“spotted, speckled, pied”) akin to Dutch bont, Middle Low German bunt, bont, German bunt (“multi-coloured”) + -ing (diminutive suffix).
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)
- A pushing action.
- A strong timber; a stout prop.
- (obsolete) An old boys' game, played with sticks and a small piece of wood.