bas·​si·​net | \ ˌba-sə-ˈnet How to pronounce bassinet (audio) , ˈba-sə-ˌnet \

Definition of bassinet

: a baby's basketlike bed (as of wickerwork or plastic) often with a hood over one end

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Recent Examples on the Web The lightweight frame makes the bed super easy to move around and comes with a removable canopy that helps darken the bassinet during daytime naps. Popular Science, "The best vibrating sleep aids for a fussy baby," 4 Aug. 2020 Nearer the house sit a yellow plastic tricycle, a portable baby bassinet, and a large blue inflatable toy. Julia Jones, CNN, "Inside the plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer," 11 Oct. 2020 Yet, when the mom places her baby in a bassinet, the baby lies creepily awake in the dark, her eyes wide open, unblinking. Claire Friedman, The New Yorker, "New-Parent Riddles," 3 Oct. 2020 The Guava Lotus Bassinet Kit + Crib Bundle was our top bassinet pick earlier this year. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "20 most popular places to buy baby supplies online," 1 Oct. 2020 The study reported 2,140 total crib, playpen or bassinet-related deaths, the clemency application said. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Innocence Project seeks pardon for woman convicted in 1-year-old’s Ocoee death," 13 Aug. 2020 Tuck your baby into this cozy white bassinet, which comes with a vibration setting and rocks gently back and forth when prompted. Popular Science, "The best vibrating sleep aids for a fussy baby," 4 Aug. 2020 This soft mesh bassinet delivers the total package of relaxation – complete with vibrations, a nightlight, and a detachable mobile with twinkle lights and plush star toys. Popular Science, "The best vibrating sleep aids for a fussy baby," 4 Aug. 2020 While Russ and his A&M teammates were getting a feel for the ultimate destination in college baseball — the CWS in Omaha — baby Lacy was getting a feel for his bassinet. Brent Zwerneman,, "How a former Texas A&M pitcher molded draft prospect Asa Lacy," 6 June 2020

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First Known Use of bassinet

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bassinet

probably modification of French barcelonnette, diminutive of berceau cradle

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The first known use of bassinet was in 1836

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17 Jan 2021

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“Bassinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bassinet

: a small bed for a baby that looks like a basket and that usually has a hood or cover over one end

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