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 The situation stemmed from Chicago’s displeasure at catcher Willson Contreras being hit three times by the Brewers in the teams’ first two series, including once in the helmet. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Apr. 2021 With the Indians and White Sox tied 3-3 in the ninth inning and Chicago threatening with two runners on base and one out, Chang fielded a groundball and attempted to get the forceout at second, but hit runner Yasmani Grandal in the helmet. Tom Withers, ajc, 13 Apr. 2021 Protesters responded by throwing objects such as water bottles back at the police, striking some officers in the helmet. Kim Hyatt, Andy Mannix, Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 Goose Gossage, a future Hall of Famer who owned a blazing fastball, let go of a 94-mph heater that hit Cey square in the helmet. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2021 Footage further revealed a rioter emptying a canister of pepper spray at a crowd of law enforcement, while another punched an officer in the helmet, and a third wailed on riot police with a stick. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, 18 Mar. 2021 After Zack Short was hit in the helmet by a 93.2 mph fastball in the fifth inning, Kody Clemens entered for him as a pinch runner. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2021 The most memorable moment of that game was when Bears receiver Javon Wims punched Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson in the helmet, resulting in his immediate ejection and subsequent two-game suspension. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 3 Jan. 2021 Muhammad lost his cool late in the game, after the Titans had pulled quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry, and hit Tennessee left tackle Ty Sambrailo in the helmet. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Nov. 2020

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Helmet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helmet. Accessed 16 Jun. 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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