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bayonet

[bey-uh-nit, -net, bey-uh-net] /ˈbeɪ ə nɪt, -ˌnɛt, ˌbeɪ əˈnɛt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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), bayoneted or bayonetted, bayoneting or bayonetting.
3.
to kill or wound with a bayonet.
Origin
1605-1615
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

/ˈbeɪənɪt/
noun
1.
a blade that can be attached to the muzzle of a rifle for stabbing in close combat
2.
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, -netted
3.
(transitive) to stab or kill with a bayonet
Word Origin
C17: from French baïonnette, from Bayonne where it originated
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Word Origin and History for 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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