bayonet

noun
bay·​o·​net | \ ˈbā-ə-nət How to pronounce bayonet (audio) , -ˌnet, ˌbā-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce bayonet (audio) \

Definition of bayonet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bayonet

verb
bayoneted also bayonetted; bayoneting also bayonetting

Definition of bayonet (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of bayonet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Randolph employs a unique bayonet temple that eliminates the traditional hooked earpiece. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2020 Old Falls Revolutionary War Days is a two-day event with mock battles,18th-century civilian fashion shows, tomahawk and bayonet competitions and a parade each day. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2022 For me, that strife is sort of embodied by the bayonet that Owen’s grandfather purchases early on. Keith Runyon, The Courier-Journal, 24 Mar. 2022 An Off Duty article Saturday about espresso makers included a quote that inaccurately compared the use of the Flair Pro 2 to the firing and cleaning of a bayonet. WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 After parachuting in, they were met at the guardhouse by bayonet-wielding Japanese soldiers who attempted to take them prisoner. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2022 Officers saw the bayonet and machete inside the truck, according to police. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Last month, Capitol Police arrested a man carrying a bayonet and machete in a truck bearing white supremacist symbols near the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington. USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 Man arrested carrying machete, bayonet in truck near DNC headquarters. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were injuries this time, with some students bayoneted for not retreating. Paula Schleis, cincinnati.com, 2 May 2020 And anyway, always better to be bitten by a stingray than bayoneted. Erik Heinrich, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2018 An Army inquiry ultimately determined that 347 civilians were killed that day — shot, bayoneted or blasted with grenades. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 13 May 2018 An Army inquiry ultimately determined that 347 civilians were killed that day — shot, bayoneted, or blasted with grenades. Richard Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2018 One elderly man was bayoneted to death; another man was thrown alive into a well and killed with a hand grenade. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2018 One elderly man was bayoneted to death; another man was thrown alive into a well and killed with a hand grenade. Fox News, 15 Mar. 2018 There are many battles in which surrendering soldiers are gunned down or bayoneted to death. Dom Giordano, Philly.com, 27 Sep. 2017 One of them, Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma, who used his office to bayonet Mr. Obama’s clean-energy regulations, was just chosen by Mr. Trump to become the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of bayonet

Noun

1680, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1778, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bayonet

Noun

French baïonnette, from Bayonne, France

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The first known use of bayonet was in 1680

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23 May 2022

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“Bayonet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bayonet. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for bayonet

bayonet

noun
bay·​o·​net | \ ˈbā-ə-nət How to pronounce bayonet (audio) , ˌbā-ə-ˈnet \

Kids Definition of bayonet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bayonet

verb
bayonetted; bayonetting

Kids Definition of bayonet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stab with a bayonet

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