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
helmetedplay \ˈhel-mə-təd\ adjective
helmetlikeplay \ˈhel-mət-ˌlīk\ adjective
Recent Examples of helmet from the Web
Expats pony up small sums for gas masks and radios at home Maduro government responds with crackdown on private couriers Helmets and goggles come via private couriers or tucked in carry-on bags.
Police say two of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets.
Strickland received a six-game suspension on Tuesday, while Harper got only four games for charging the mound and throwing his helmet.
Starting July 1, anyone under 18 will be required by law to wear a helmet while on an ATV, Brock said.
Wallace was not wearing a helmet, according to Troopers.
Wannabes came into the sport as rebels, pranksters, vandals, and thieves, wearing Nazi imagery — helmets and iron crosses.
Additionally, King County and the city of Seattle require riders to wear helmets.
No one really wants to wear a giant helmet with screens hanging in front of their face.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th century
HELMET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of helmet for English Language Learners
: a hard hat that is worn to protect your head
HELMET Defined for Kids
Definition of helmet for Students
: a protective covering for the head
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