helmet

noun
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 helmeted (audio) \ adjective
helmetlike \ ˈhel-​mət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce helmetlike (audio) \ adjective

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My vestments consisted of a safety helmet and a full-body harness secured to the Spider’s basket by a chain and carabiner. Cullen Murphy, WSJ, "The Sistine Chapel: A Rare Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Its Masterpieces Are Maintained," 26 Mar. 2019 By the book, Abloh’s show was dedicated to the boys—but the standout moment came when top model Soo Joo Park glided down the runway wearing a shiny plastic football helmet and billowy white gown with a dramatic pleated train. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How This Model Took Off-White’s Runway Makeup Straight to the Streets," 16 Jan. 2019 The credits scene shows Manta and Shin making a pact: Shin will help Manta find out Aquaman’s true identity and repair Manta’s laser beam-firing helmet and Manta will reveal the secret of Atlantis to him. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman’s post-credits scene, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Fallout 76 could be pre-ordered in a pricey Power Armor set, complete with a wearable replica helmet and a tote bag. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda’s attempt to fix a Fallout 76 blunder leaks angry shoppers’ PID [Updated]," 5 Dec. 2018 Klobuchar, who has a wide smile and a neat helmet of brown hair, is also little (five feet four with no help from her flats) and fierce (exhibit A: her starring role in Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings last fall). Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 Nuns’ habits, conquistadors’ helmets, and noblewomen’s headdresses are fashioned from toilet paper, soda cans, Bubble Wrap, and plastic bags. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 Guides typically supply helmets, wet suits and other equipment. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Prosecutors investigate hiker deaths in Italy gorge flood," 21 Aug. 2018 Just don’t forget that chic collapsible helmet, people. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Uber Adds Lime Electric Scooters to Its App," 10 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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The first known use of helmet was in the 15th century

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helmet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of helmet

: a hard hat that is worn to protect your head

helmet

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

Kids Definition of helmet

: a protective covering for the head

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