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

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British Dictionary definitions for bassinet


/ (ˌbæsɪˈnɛt) /


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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