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bayonet

noun bay·o·net \ ˈbā-ə-nət , -ˌnet , ˌbā-ə-ˈnet \

Definition of bayonet

:a steel blade attached at the muzzle end of a shoulder arm (such as a rifle) and used in hand-to-hand combat

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Origin and Etymology of bayonet

French baïonnette, from Bayonne, France


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bayonet

verb

Definition of bayonet

bayoneted also bayonetted; bayoneting also bayonetting
transitive verb
1 :to stab with a bayonet
2 :to compel or drive by or as if by the bayonet
intransitive verb
:to use a bayonet

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First Known Use of bayonet

1778


BAYONET Defined for English Language Learners

bayonet

noun

Definition of bayonet for English Language Learners

  • : a long knife that is attached to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon in battle


BAYONET Defined for Kids

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bayonet

noun bay·o·net \ ˈbā-ə-nət , ˌbā-ə-ˈnet \

Definition of bayonet for Students

:a weapon like a dagger made to fit on the end of a rifle

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bayonet

verb

Definition of bayonet for Students

bayonetted; bayonetting
:to stab with a bayonet


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