hel·​met | \ˈhel-mət \

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 \ adjective
helmetlike \ˈhel-​mət-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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The helmet has long been associated with colonial rule, particularly in Africa, and are a symbol of oppression. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Melania Trump Told Reporters She 'Doesn't Always Agree' With Her Husband," 7 Oct. 2018 Gene Jones, representing the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation, hosted a reception for Arlington ISD student artists, and announced the Cowboys made the winning bid on all of the football helmets created by 7th grade artists. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys WR Allen Hurns feels no pressure to replace Dez Bryant; still has a lot prove | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 May 2018 These gamers sensed that running the ball with your quarterback under center, to obey traditions that dated back to leather helmets and a time when the forward pass wasn’t even legal, was nothing short of lunacy. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NBA and NFL Have Become Videogames," 6 Nov. 2018 Someone stole a bike helmet and a bike valued at $300 from a bike rack in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue between 10:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. July 9. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Oak Park resident robbed while walking on Austin Boulevard," 14 July 2018 The throw appeared to carom off Bregman's batting helmet and into foul territory. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Houston Astros get wild walk-off win against Oakland Athletics," 11 July 2018 Getridge was also charged for not having a helmet and having an improper license. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Motorcyclist shoots at driver on I-85 in Gwinnett, cops say," 9 July 2018 Edgar was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene, the accident report said. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake County man killed after motorcycle crash into parked car, troopers say," 8 July 2018 Video footage of the attack clearly showed Woodard’s client, Jacob Scott Goodwin, dressed in a military tactical helmet and clasping a body-length shield, kicking Harris on the floor of a parking garage as Harris tried to flee. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of helmet

: a hard hat that is worn to protect your head


hel·​met | \ˈhel-mət \

Kids Definition of helmet

: a protective covering for the head

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