Helmet meaning

hĕlmĭt
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A piece of armor, usually made of metal, designed to protect the head.
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A protective covering for the head.
  • The headpiece of ancient or medieval armor.
  • The metal head covering worn in modern warfare.
  • The rigid head covering with inner padding and often a wire face mask used in football, lacrosse, and hockey.
  • The mesh-faced mask used in fencing.
  • The headpiece of a diver's suit, equipped with air tubes, glass windows, etc.
  • A fireman's protective hat.
  • The rigid head covering worn by a motorcyclist.
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Something suggesting such a headpiece in appearance or function, as a galea of a flower.
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To cover or equip with a helmet.
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A protective head covering.
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(botany) The hood-shaped sepal or corolla of some flowers.
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To provide with or put on a helmet.
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Origin of helmet

  • Middle English from Old French diminutive of helme of Germanic origin kel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From healmet, helmet, an Old French diminutive of helme (Modern French heaume). The Old French is itself from the Germanic helm. English since the 15th century, gradually displacing Old English helm as the generic word.

    From Wiktionary