bayonet [-'s] n

Fr. < It. Bayonne; or OFr bayon, arrow, cross-bow shaft; or Sp. bayona, shift; or It. bajonetta, little joker.

  1. Stabbing weapon; sharp instrument attached to the barrel of a soldiers' gun; short dagger on a rifle used for hand to hand combat; [metonomy] military force; willingness to fight for freedom.