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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The boxes open from outside the building, allowing the parent to place the baby in a bassinet as a bag containing instructions and maternal medical advice drops out. Terry Spencer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2023 She's also written roundups of the best nursery gliders and best baby bassinets. Jessica Hartshorn, Good Housekeeping, 15 Mar. 2023 This foldable bassinet is very lightweight and comes with a carrying bag with a long strap for slinging it over your shoulder. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2023 The picture, which also includes Ronaldo's four other children—11-year-old Cristiano Jr., four-year-old twins Eva Maria and Mateo, and four-year-old Alana Martina—shows the dad cradling his newborn in his arms while seated next to a baby pink bassinet. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Apr. 2022 In one of the pairs, the left panel shows swirling cursive writing layered over a photo of a young girl holding onto a baby in a bassinet. Michelle Aslam, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2023 When their youngest daughter was a baby, Jolene and Andrzej Ejmont, founders of Wanderlust Storytellers, would reserve a bassinet, an amenity often available on international flights. Andrea Sachs, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2023 To top it off, business class will offer six additional seat options, from an extra-long bed of more than seven feet to a comfy seat with a baby bassinet. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2023 And a third shows Rihanna looking straight at the camera while leaning over her baby's opulent bassinet. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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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 28 May. 2023.

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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