[bey-uh-nit, -net, bey-uh-net]
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), bayoneted or bayonetted, bayoneting or bayonetting.
to kill or wound with a bayonet.

1605–15; < French baïonnette, after Bayonne in France (where the weapon was first made or used); see -ette Unabridged
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bayonet (ˈbeɪənɪt)
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
vb , -nets, -neting, -neted, -nets, -netting, -netted
3.  (tr) to stab or kill with a bayonet
[C17: from French baïonnette, from Bayonne where it originated]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from Fr. baionnette (16c.), said to be from Bayonne, city in Gascony where they first were made; or perhaps it is a dim. of O.Fr. bayon "crossbow bolt." The city name is from L.L. baia "bay" + Basque on "good."
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Example sentences
Others had mounts for launching a grenade or snapping on a bayonet.
It is super versatile, especially if there is an easily detachable bayonet
The position was carried at the point of the bayonet.
The troops beat the rioters unmercifully, forcing them to repeat their slogans
  at bayonet point.
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