or ba·guet



  1. a rectangular shape given to a small gem, especially a diamond, by cutting and polishing.
  2. a gem having this shape.
Architecture. a small convex molding, especially one of semicircular section.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of baguette

  • He and I spent 48 hours in Seoul together a few years ago, and we pretty much only ate at Paris Baguette.

  • In Shanghai, my brother and I would get breakfast at this great Korean chain called Paris Baguette.

  • I remember scurrying back to the hotel, baguette in hand with the pâté tucked under my arm.

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    For the Love of Pâté

    Molly Hannon

    January 5, 2011

  • Cut a sandwich-length piece of baguette and slice it open like you would to make a hero.

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    Would You Eat This Sandwich?

    Petrit Husenaj

    October 4, 2010

  • You can start the day with a croissant and baguette, then end the day in a bistro or some place high-end, like Pierre Gagnaire.

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    Fresh Picks

    George Mendes

    September 7, 2010

Historical Examples of baguette

British Dictionary definitions for baguette




a narrow French stick loaf
a small gem cut as a long rectangle
the shape of such a gem
architect a small moulding having a semicircular cross section

Word Origin for baguette

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper