hel·​met | \ ˈhel-mət How to pronounce helmet (audio) \

Definition of helmet

1 : a covering or enclosing headpiece of ancient or medieval armor — see armor illustration
2 : any of various protective head coverings usually made of a hard material to resist impact
3 : something resembling a helmet

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Other Words from helmet

helmeted \ ˈhel-​mə-​təd How to pronounce helmet (audio) \ adjective
helmetlike \ ˈhel-​mət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce helmet (audio) \ adjective

Examples of helmet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Contreras, who was beaned on the helmet Monday night by Devin Williams, took exception and pointed at Boxberger, then pointed into the Brewers' dugout. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 4, Cubs 0: Travis Shaw's three-run homer backs strong outing by Freddy Peralta and bullpen," 6 Apr. 2021 Contreras started despite being hit in the front of the helmet by a Devin Williams pitch in the seventh inning Monday night. ... Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, "Peralta pitches 5 innings as Brewers blank Cubs 4-0," 6 Apr. 2021 Another turnover, a bounce of the ball off the helmet of a Billerica player led to a 1-yard blast from senior Sean Fahey for 41-8. BostonGlobe.com, "With captains the catalysts, Tewksbury football takes control early against Billerica," 27 Mar. 2021 The helmet is now on display at the National Marine Museum of Haifa. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Was This Helmet Worn by an Ancient Greek Soldier During the Persian Wars?," 9 Mar. 2021 Infielder Nick Allen was hit on the helmet by a 97 mph fastball late in the game. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's spring training observations: Chapman nears return to third; Reed throws out another," 1 Mar. 2021 Put an overhead projector on the field, and drew out the helmet with a magic marker, standing on a fork lift. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Stadium farewell: Readers share their favorite memories," 28 Feb. 2021 Humphries never had any issues in that final run, crossed the finish line, threw her fists into the air then turned around to give Jones a few congratulatory smacks on the helmet. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Humphries, Jones win historic world bobsled title for US," 6 Feb. 2021 As a mob of pro-Trump rioters attacked the Capitol on Wednesday, one man in a white hat and backpack grabbed a police officer by the helmet, dragging the officer down the stairs. Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "Video shows Capitol mob dragging a police officer down stairs. One rioter beat the officer with an American flag pole.," 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of helmet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for helmet

Middle English, from Middle French, diminutive of helme helmet, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English helm helmet, Old High German helan to conceal — more at hell

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The first known use of helmet was in the 15th century

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19 Apr 2021

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“Helmet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helmet. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of helmet

: a hard hat that is worn to protect your head


hel·​met | \ ˈhel-mət How to pronounce helmet (audio) \

Kids Definition of helmet

: a protective covering for the head

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