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

  • n. A gem cut in the form of a narrow rectangle.
  • n. The form of such a gem.
  • n. Architecture A narrow convex molding.
  • n. A small narrow loaf of French bread often used for sandwiches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a narrow, relatively long rectangular shape
  • n. a gem cut in such a shape
  • n. a variety of bread that is long and narrow in shape

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

  • n. narrow French stick loaf


French, rod, from Italian bacchetta, diminutive of bacchio, rod, from Latin baculum, stick; see bak- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French for stick (Wiktionary)



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  • "In France, one baker is touting his automated baguette dispenser—which is loaded with partially precooked loaves that get fully baked when the machine is activated—as away to get fresh bread when bakeries are closed."
    - JWT, What's Cooking? - Trends in Food, Feb 2012.

    January 1, 2013