[17] Bayonet comes from French bayonette, an early spelling of what is now baïonette. The French term is traditionally derived from Bayonne, the name of a town and port on the southwest coast of France, near Biarritz, where bayonets were supposedly first used by Basques of the area, in the 17th century. But this etymology is not universally accepted, and some have noted the resemblance to Old French bayon ‘crossbow bolt’.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Bayonet — Bay o*net, n. [F. bayonnette, ba[ i]onnette; so called, it is said, because the first bayonets were made at Bayonne.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Mil.) A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bayonet — Bay o*net, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bayoneted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bayoneting}.] 1. To stab with a bayonet. [1913 Webster] 2. To compel or drive by the bayonet. [1913 Webster] To bayonet us into submission. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bayonet — [bā΄ə net′; ] also [ bā′ə nət] n. [Fr bayonnette, after Bayonne, France (see BAYONNE), where first made] 1. a detachable, daggerlike blade put on the muzzle end of a rifle, for hand to hand fighting 2. a part like a bayonet in shape, manner of… …   English World dictionary

  • bayonet — ► NOUN 1) a long blade fixed to the muzzle of a rifle for hand to hand fighting. 2) (before another noun ) denoting a type of fitting for a light bulb which is pushed into a socket and then twisted into place. ► VERB (bayoneted, bayoneting) ▪… …   English terms dictionary

  • bayonet — (n.) 1610s, originally a type of dagger; as a steel stabbing weapon fitted to the muzzle of a firearm, from 1670s, from Fr. baionnette (16c.), said to be from Bayonne, city in Gascony where supposedly they first were made; or perhaps it is a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bayonet — For other uses, see Bayonet (disambiguation). American soldiers bayonet training in Texas during the Border War. A bayonet (from French baïonnette) is a knife, dagger, sword, or spike shaped weapon designed to fit in, on, over or underneath the… …   Wikipedia

  • bayonet — /bay euh nit, net , bay euh net /, n., v., bayoneted or bayonetted, bayoneting or bayonetting. n. 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… …   Universalium

  • bayonet — 1. noun /ˈbeɪ.ɒn.ɛt,beɪ.əʊ.nɛt/ a) (Weapon) A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offence …   Wiktionary

  • bayonet — I UK [ˈbeɪənɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms bayonet : singular bayonet plural bayonets a long sharp blade that is fixed onto the end of a rifle (= a long gun) II UK [ˈbeɪənɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms bayonet : present tense… …   English dictionary

  • bayonet — [[t]be͟ɪənət[/t]] bayonets, bayoneting, bayoneted 1) N COUNT A bayonet is a long, sharp blade that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon. 2) VERB To bayonet someone means to push a bayonet into them. [V n] The soldiers were… …   English dictionary

  • bayonet — I. noun Etymology: French baïonnette, from Bayonne, France Date: 1689 a steel blade attached at the muzzle end of a shoulder arm (as a rifle) and used in hand to hand combat II. verb ( neted; also netted; neting; also netting) Date: 1781 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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