bassinet

noun
bas·si·net | \ˌba-sə-ˈnet, 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

The nurses placed the boys in separate bassinets and allowed us to have some time with them before they would be taken away. chicagotribune.com, "Fathers suffer from pregnancy loss and stillbirths, too," 5 June 2018 Karp’s electronic bassinet encourages lack of intimate contact. Philly.com, "The problem with Harvey Karp's $1,160 bassinet," 26 Apr. 2018 After 36 hours in labor, she was given one hour to say goodbye to her dead baby, clothed in a white dress and lying in a bassinet. Isaac Stanley-becker, Washington Post, "How an Irish-American woman’s legal case helped spur Ireland’s abortion referendum," 17 May 2018 The bassinet doubles as an always-on soothing device, equipped with tiny microphones to cycle through five levels of louder sound and faster jiggling that correspond with the intensity of baby’s cries. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Snoozing on the mommy job," 19 May 2018 In the snap, baby Miles lays in a fuzzy bassinet while big sister Luna helps with his pacifier. Melissa Minton, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Just Shared the First Photo of Luna and Miles Together," 29 May 2018 What happened was that Katelyn hated her bassinet and screamed through their first night together. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Sheila and Phil Bruce of Lafayette Hill," 16 May 2018 Charles DeLisi, Metcalf professor of science and engineering, Boston University Ruth Margalit wrote about Harvey Karp, the parenting expert who popularized swaddling, and his new robotic bassinet. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 4.22.18 Issue," 4 May 2018 Back in the living room, the couple stops beside a minimalist oval bassinet upholstered in gray flannel. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Glamorous West Village Loft That's Made For Entertaining," 22 Nov. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bassinet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bassinet

Dictionary Entries near bassinet

Bassia

bassie

bassine

bassinet

bassing

bassist

bassly

Statistics for bassinet

Last Updated

21 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bassinet

The first known use of bassinet was in 1836

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bassinet

bassinet

noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on bassinet

What made you want to look up bassinet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!