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[bas-uh-net, bas-uh-net] /ˌbæs əˈnɛt, ˈbæs əˌnɛt/
a basket with a hood over one end, for use as a baby's cradle.
a style of perambulator resembling this.
Armor. basinet.
Origin of bassinet
1570-80; < French: pan; see basin, -et Unabridged
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  • Come, in your order, as ye sit; draw to the bassinet and take out your lot.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • The bassinet on the figure to the right is particularly noteworthy.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • No; you will not take the bassinet, and you will not take the perambulator.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • And even if I was gone they'd be all ready, and the bassinet only wanting muslin to it.

  • This completes one diamond, which for a bassinet quilt will be large enough.

  • He had suggested that it might amuse me to put it into a bassinet.

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • Aubrey said you would probably want to put it into a bassinet!

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • I have not the smallest desire, Ronald, to put your 'cello into a bassinet!

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • The curtain had been drawn and it was almost dark, but I found my way to Julie's bassinet.

    Painted Windows Elia W. Peattie
British Dictionary definitions for bassinet


a wickerwork or wooden cradle or pram, usually hooded
Word Origin
C19: from French: little basin, from bassinbasin; associated in folk etymology with French barcelonnette a little cradle, from berceau cradle
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Word Origin and History for bassinet

"wicker cradle," 1854, from French bassinet "a little basin," diminutive of bassin (see basin), or, as per Klein, the English word is from French bercelonette, double diminutive of berceau "cradle," altered by bassin "basin." Middle English had bacinet "hemispherical helmet" (c.1300).

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