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 Under the northern formula, a majority was assured as the vote in the North would be at bayonet point and would be practically unanimous, while most South Vietnamese were anti-Communist. Conrad Black, National Review, "Richard Nixon’s ‘Silent Majority’ Plan," 5 Nov. 2019 But the cult leader had ample help putting a bayonet — his weapon of choice — through the heart of a much more innocent time. Los Angeles Times, "Charles Manson’s murderous imprint on L.A. endures as other killers have come and gone," 28 July 2019 Instead focus on the fact that each and every one of these rifles had a bayonet affixed to one end. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Browns," 3 Nov. 2019 Part-time infantry from suburbs and small Massachusetts towns fired into crowds, fixed bayonets against Bostonians, and shot eight people dead over four tumultuous days. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "When the city was lawless: Recalling the Boston Police Strike of 1919," 7 Sep. 2019 In his bedroom, decorated with bayonets, pistols and trench art, was also a machete. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, "America's first mass shooting: 70 years ago, a WWII veteran killed 13 of his neighbors," 28 Aug. 2019 Authorities also found assault rifles, bayonets, pistols, and nearly a thousand cartridges and other weapons parts. Kayla Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Italian police seize missile and Nazi paraphernalia from suspected extremist fighters," 16 July 2019 There was a point when there were some (German soldiers) on the road near us and we were told to fix bayonets. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local veteran, 93, earns his high school diploma, 75 years later," 25 Aug. 2019 Hanging above the bar is an impressive array of grenades, bayonets, and vintage firearms that may or may not have been decommissioned. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "American Dive Bars," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And anyway, always better to be bitten by a stingray than bayoneted. Erik Heinrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kittiwake wreck dive and Stingray City are unforgettable adventures – even if you do get bit," 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, "Ernest Medina, Army Captain Acquitted in My Lai Massacre, Dies at 81," 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, "Ernest Medina, 81, Army captain acquitted in My Lai Massacre," 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, "50 years ago, the My Lai massacre shamed the US military," 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, "50 years ago, the My Lai massacre shamed the US military," 15 Mar. 2018 There are many battles in which surrendering soldiers are gunned down or bayoneted to death. Dom Giordano, Philly.com, "Bill O'Reilly mastered the art of turning history into fascinating reads | Dom Giordano," 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, "To Combat Trump, Democrats Ready a G.O.P. Tactic: Lawsuits," 14 Dec. 2016 McCain got bayoneted in the groin; a soldier broke his shoulder apart with a rifle butt. Elliot Kaufman, National Review, "John McCain: A Hero Under Fire," 19 July 2017

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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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Last Updated

3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bayonet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bayoneted. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for bayonet

bayonet

noun
How to pronounce bayonet (audio) How to pronounce bayonet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bayonet

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

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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