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[bey-uh-nit, -net, bey-uh-net]
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noun
  1. a daggerlike steel weapon that is attached to or at the muzzle of a gun and used for stabbing or slashing in hand-to-hand combat.
  2. a pin projecting from the side of an object, as the base of a flashbulb or camera lens, for securing the object in a bayonet socket.
verb (used with object), bay·o·net·ed or bay·o·net·ted, bay·o·net·ing or bay·o·net·ting.
  1. to kill or wound with a bayonet.

Origin of bayonet

1605–15; < French baïonnette, after Bayonne in France (where the weapon was first made or used); see -ette
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bayonet

noun
  1. a blade that can be attached to the muzzle of a rifle for stabbing in close combat
  2. a type of fastening in which a cylindrical member is inserted into a socket against spring pressure and turned so that pins on its side engage in slots in the socket
verb -nets, -neting, -neted, -nets, -netting or -netted
  1. (tr) to stab or kill with a bayonet

Word Origin

C17: from French baïonnette, from Bayonne where it originated
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Word Origin and History for bayonet

n.

1610s, originally a type of dagger; as a steel stabbing weapon fitted to the muzzle of a firearm, from 1670s, from French baionnette (16c.), said to be from Bayonne, city in Gascony where supposedly they first were made; or perhaps it is a diminutive of Old French bayon "crossbow bolt." The city name is from Late Latin baia "bay" + Basque on "good." As a verb from c.1700.

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