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[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.
Origin of baguette
1720-30; < French < Italian bacchetta little stick, equivalent to bacch(io) stick (< Latin baculus) + -etta -ette Unabridged
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  • I found the baguette turn very strong, so that it soon twisted and broke.

    The Divining Rod Charles Latimer
  • Standing where there was no water, the baguette remained motionless.

    The Divining Rod Charles Latimer
  • After seeing him do this repeatedly, the whole party tried the baguette in succession, but without effect.

    The Divining Rod Charles Latimer
  • I think I must put just a baguette d'or on the drawings, and when you see them on my walls I don't think you will disapprove.

  • The baguette of Delille is no shepherd's crook; it has more the fashion of a drumstick,—baguette de tambour.

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
C18: from French, from Italian bacchetta a little stick, from bacchio rod, from Latin baculum walking stick
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Contemporary definitions for baguette

a small handbag shaped like a long narrow bread loaf

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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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