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

Examples of helmet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are several confused engagements, a plot to steal a police helmet, a lover of newts studying how to make bold speeches, a mustachioed Fascist named Roderick Spode. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Wartime for Wodehouse," 25 May 2020 Beckham was taking a jab at Garrett ripping off Mason Rudolph’s helmet during the victory over the Steelers Nov. 14 and whacking him over the head with it. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. and Myles Garrett trade good-natured jabs on Twitter," 18 May 2020 For the first time since ripping Mason Rudolph’s helmet off last November and bashing him on the head with it, Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett will visit Pittsburgh, where — just a hunch — the locals probably haven’t forgotten what happened. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "the N.F.L.’s 2020 regular-season schedule," 7 May 2020 Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and swung and struck him with it, triggering a brawl between the teams. Tom Withers, BostonGlobe.com, "Browns’ Myles Garrett reinstated by NFL after suspension for hitting Mason Rudolph with helmet," 12 Feb. 2020 As Montgomery celebrated in the end zone, Nagy met his quarterback coming off the field, leaned in and spoke through the right earhole of Trubisky’s helmet. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Column: ‘Mitch’s day’ highlights 24-20 comeback win over the lowly Lions and shows why Trubisky isn’t going anywhere in 2020," 28 Nov. 2019 His knee hyperextended in a win at Arizona on Oct. 31 when it was struck by defensive end Chandler Jones’s helmet. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Kittle takes pain tolerance to a rarely seen level," 25 Nov. 2019 During a hearing with league officials this week, Garrett expressed his regret about his role in the fight, which saw him rip off Rudolph’s helmet before hitting him with it. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Mason Rudolph Denies Using Racial Slur Before Helmet-Bashing Incident with Browns’ Myles Garrett," 22 Nov. 2019 The second baby’s helmet was fashioned from the cranium of a child between 2 and 12 years old. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unearth Remains of Infants Wearing ‘Helmets’ Made from the Skulls of Other Children," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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3 Jun 2020

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“Helmet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helmet. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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