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[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
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  • If you keep the bassinet, you must let us have the perambulator—the child's bedding and half its clothes are in it.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • The bassinet on the figure to the right is particularly noteworthy.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • And now, as I brace my bassinet, may God grant us all a glorious victory, or a glorious grave!

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This completes one diamond, which for a bassinet quilt will be large enough.

  • Italian he might be were his bassinet more sloped, but I will swear that those plates were welded betwixt this and Rhine.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Aubrey said you would probably want to put it into a bassinet!

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • The bassinet, however, serves one useful purpose, it saves the expense of a cradle.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • I have not the smallest desire, Ronald, to put your 'cello into a bassinet!

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • The babe practically unwashed, the house becomes grimy, and the bed and bassinet nasty.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for bassinet


a wickerwork or wooden cradle or pram, usually hooded
Word Origin
C19: from French: little basin, from bassinbasin; 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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