bas·​si·​net ˌba-sə-ˈnet How to pronounce bassinet (audio)
: a baby's basketlike bed (as of wickerwork or plastic) often with a hood over one end

Examples of bassinet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kids and teens have separate clubs, while a baby concierge helps outfit parents with everything from strollers to bassinets. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2024 Additionally, a small bassinet or temporary play yard with a sleeping insert could be helpful for nighttime feelings. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 19 Apr. 2024 So, if your little one is starting to look sleepy, remove them from their tummy time mat or toy and move them to their crib or bassinet, sleeping on their back. Maya Polton, Parents, 6 Apr. 2024 Except the cribs and bassinets aren't holding real babies. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bassinet 

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Word History


probably modification of French barcelonnette, diminutive of berceau cradle

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bassinet was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Bassinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


bas·​si·​net ˌbas-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce bassinet (audio)
: an infant's bed often with a hood over one end

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