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baguette

or ba·guet

[ba-get]
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noun
  1. Jewelry.
    1. a rectangular shape given to a small gem, especially a diamond, by cutting and polishing.
    2. a gem having this shape.
  2. Architecture. a small convex molding, especially one of semicircular section.
  3. a long, narrow loaf of French bread.

Origin of baguette

1720–30; < French < Italian bacchetta little stick, equivalent to bacch(io) stick (< Latin baculus) + -etta -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for baguette

baguette

baguet

noun
  1. a narrow French stick loaf
  2. a small gem cut as a long rectangle
  3. the shape of such a gem
  4. architect a small moulding having a semicircular cross section

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Italian bacchetta a little stick, from bacchio rod, from Latin baculum walking stick
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Word Origin and History for baguette

n.

1727, a type of architectural ornament, from French baguette (16c.), from Italian bacchetta, literally "a small rod," diminutive of bacchio "rod," from Latin baculum "a stick" (see bacillus). Meaning "a diamond cut long" is from 1926; that of "a long, thin loaf of French bread" is from 1958.

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