bayonet

[bey-uh-nit, -net, bey-uh-net]

noun

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.
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.

to kill or wound with a bayonet.

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Nearby words

  1. baylis,
  2. bayliss,
  3. bayliss, sir william maddock,
  4. baylor,
  5. bayo,
  6. bayonet hair,
  7. bayonet socket,
  8. bayonne,
  9. bayou,
  10. bayreuth

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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British Dictionary definitions for bayonet

bayonet

noun

a blade that can be attached to the muzzle of a rifle for stabbing in close combat
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

(tr) to stab or kill with a bayonet

Word Origin for bayonet

C17: from French baïonnette, from Bayonne where it originated

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Word Origin and History for bayonet

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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