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

Examples of bassinet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our hospital bags are packed, the bassinet is set up, the car seat is installed, and the nursery is done thanks to some amazing people at West Coast Kids. Astrid Loch,, 15 Nov. 2021 Eureka, in a bassinet on the floor, stared at shapes in a book while Robinson rocked her with his foot., 6 Oct. 2021 In the recovery ward, two new mothers were dozing, but a long row of beds stood empty, each with a small plexiglass bassinet at its side. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Eureka, in a bassinet on the floor, stared at shapes in a book while Mr. Robinson rocked her with his foot. New York Times, 22 Oct. 2021 The most ornate baskets take at least a week, and a bassinet can be months in the making. Nafeesah Allen, House Beautiful, 30 Aug. 2021 The investigator noted there was an unused bassinet, empty and in working order, in the room where Tyler died. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Dec. 2011 And Angelina, also 2 months, who died facedown in a bassinet, a set of safe-sleep guidelines printed on the sheet. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Dec. 2011 Basically, the bassinet has become an emblem of everything there is to love and lament about the millennial yuppie parenting lifestyle. Washington Post, 13 July 2021

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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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“Bassinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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