I assumed the baguette cut was named after the elongated French bread shape, but that's not true. The word baguette wasn't used to describe bread prior to 1900, but the word bague has been in use for centuries. In high school, I learned it as the word for "finger ring". However, until the seventeenth century the term was used to indicate jewels in general. Therefore the diminutive 'baguette' is translated as 'small jewel'.