[bas-uh-net, bas-uh-net]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bassinet

cradle, crib, perambulator, pram

Examples from the Web for bassinet

Contemporary Examples of bassinet

Historical Examples of bassinet

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for bassinet



a wickerwork or wooden cradle or pram, usually hooded

Word Origin for bassinet

C19: from French: little basin, from bassin basin; 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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