Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An oblong basketlike bed for an infant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A newborn baby's bed, typically made of woven reeds or straw.
  • n. A bascinet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wicker basket, with a covering or hood over one end, in which young children are placed as in a cradle.
  • n. See Bascinet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as basinet.
  • n. A wicker basket with a covering or hood over one end, serving as a cradle for young children.
  • n. A name given to several common European species of Ranunculus.
  • n. The pan of a harquebuse or musket. See pan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a perambulator that resembles a bassinet
  • n. a basket (usually hooded) used as a baby's bed

Etymologies

French, small basin, diminutive of bassin, basin, from Old French bacin; see basin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bercelonette, a doubled diminutive of berceau ("cradle"), influenced by bassin ("basin") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bassinet is in storage, as is the infant car seat.

    Seconds | Her Bad Mother

  • Nap attempt Number One: put sleepy Baby in bassinet unswaddled.

    ‘Cause motherhood’s gonna require some hard drinkin’… | Her Bad Mother

  • That bassinet from the local yard sale seems like a steal, and it is, it’s just that what can sometimes happen if baby sleeps too much on his back is his head starts to get a little flat.

    Sycamore Kids « Happy Healthy Hip Parenting

  • According to the CPSC, the problem with the bassinet occurs when the Velcro fabric on the side that opens to convert it to a bedside sleeper, is not reattached.

    Two deaths trigger safety alert for Simplicity bassinet

  • As for the white one, the priceless, the gossamer, the fairy web, which might pass through a ring, that, every lady must be aware, was already appropriated to cover the cradle, or what I believe is called the bassinet, of Master Pendennis.

    The Newcomes

  • The bassinet was the first visible herald of the expected infant -- and it put Tessa's situation in concrete terms that could no longer be ignored.

    A Man Of Honour

  • The bassinet was a much needed new piece of equipment due to the increase Brooks announces 2008 HealthQuest schedule February 16, 2008

    The OBSERVER

  • And in a wooden crate, set up on two sawhorses to make a kind of bassinet, was a baby.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • Baby Boy O’Donnell started wriggling his legs, the cacophony beginning to rouse him; his bassinet was the boxer’s closest neighbor.

    Sea Escape

  • Products designed for newborns, babies and toddlers -- including car seats, breastfeeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges, bassinet mattresses and other items made with polyurethane foam -- contain multiple toxic chemical flame retardants, according to a first-of-its-kind peer-reviewed study published today in the Environmental Science & Technology journal.

    Robyn Griggs Lawrence: Toxic Flame Retardants Rampant in Baby Products, New Study Finds

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