noun \ˈbā-ə-nət, -ˌnet, ˌbā-ə-ˈnet\

: a long knife that is attached to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon in battle

Full Definition of BAYONET

:  a steel blade attached at the muzzle end of a shoulder arm (as a rifle) and used in hand-to-hand combat

Origin of BAYONET

French baïonnette, from Bayonne, France
First Known Use: 1680


bayonet·ed also bayonet·tedbayonet·ing also bayonet·ting

Definition of BAYONET

transitive verb
:  to stab with a bayonet
:  to compel or drive by or as if by the bayonet
intransitive verb
:  to use a bayonet

First Known Use of BAYONET



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Short, sharp-edged, sometimes pointed weapon, designed for attachment to the muzzle of a firearm. According to tradition, it was developed in Bayonne, France, early in the 17th century and soon spread throughout Europe. The earliest design, the plug bayonet, was inserted into the muzzle of a musket, thus preventing the musket from being fired until the bayonet was removed. Later designs, including the socket bayonet invented by Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1688), slipped it over the muzzle. Repeating firearms greatly reduced its combat value. By World War I it had become an all-purpose knife.


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