or ba·guet

[ ba-get ]
/ bæˈgɛt /


  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.

Nearby words

  1. bagpipe,
  2. bagpipes,
  3. bagram,
  4. bags,
  5. bagswinger,
  6. baguio,
  7. bagwash,
  8. bagwig,
  9. bagwoman,
  10. bagwork

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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British Dictionary definitions for baguette



/ (bæˈɡɛt) /


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.

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