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Modern reproduction of a medieval cot and rattle, c. 1465

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From French bercelonette, a doubled diminutive of berceau ‎(cradle), influenced by bassin ‎(basin)



bassinet ‎(plural bassinets)

  1. A newborn baby's bed, typically made of woven reeds or straw.
  2. A bascinet.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 11
      Bassinets were worn in the reigns of Edward II. and III. and Richard II. by most of the English Infantry, as may be repeatedly seen in the Rolls of Parliament, and other public records.
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company, chapter 16
      Alleyne stood by the tiller, looking backwards, the fresh wind full in his teeth, the crisp winter air tingling on his face and blowing his yellow curls from under his bassinet.


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