vi·​sor | \ ˈvī-zər How to pronounce visor (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of visor

1 : the front piece of a helmet especially : a movable upper piece
2a : a projecting front on a cap or headband for shading the eyes
b : a usually movable flat sunshade attached at the top of an automobile windshield
3a : a face mask
b : disguise

Illustration of visor

Illustration of visor

V visor 1

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from visor

visored \ ˈvī-​zərd How to pronounce visor (audio) \ adjective
visorless \ ˈvī-​zər-​ləs How to pronounce visor (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for visor


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of visor in a Sentence

the visor on your baseball cap should provide adequate shade for your eyes
Recent Examples on the Web The doll is wearing a flared white skirt, colorful tank top and white visor and is carrying a tiny replica of her tennis racket. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 With defending champion Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler playing the 13th hole, a guy wearing a visor, pink halter top and rainbow flag, hopped a fence and ran onto the fairway. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021 Bosch Mobility Solutions has developed a potential solution that integrates a transparent LCD visor with a driver-monitoring camera. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 There are still reasons why some people may want to incorporate a visor like this into their measures against sun protection, though. Rebecca Deczynski,, 3 June 2021 Luke flips up his blast visor, turns off his targeting sensor, closes his eyes and lets The Force lead him to victory from the cockpit of his X-Wing Starfighter. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2021 Pair this dress with a straw visor, tortoiseshell sunnies, and your favorite bikini for any afternoon activity by the water. Taylor Ayers, Marie Claire, 27 Apr. 2021 Fans can get ready with a new Browns training camp hat or visor, as New Era just released a new collection for the 2021 season. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 8 June 2021 My cars have a little extension for the visor, but none of them deals with a blinding sun that is low on the horizon. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'visor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of visor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for visor

Middle English viser, from Anglo-French, from vis face — more at visage

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About visor

Time Traveler for visor

Time Traveler

The first known use of visor was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near visor








See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for visor

Last Updated

16 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Visor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for visor



English Language Learners Definition of visor

: a piece on the front of a helmet that you can pull down to protect your face
US : the part of a hat or cap that sticks out in front to protect or shade your eyes
: a flat, stiff piece of material on the inside of a car above the windshield that you can pull down to keep sunlight from shining in your eyes


vi·​sor | \ ˈvī-zər \

Kids Definition of visor

1 : the movable front upper piece of a helmet that is brought down to protect the face
2 : a part (as on a cap) that sticks out to protect or shade the eyes

More from Merriam-Webster on visor

Nglish: Translation of visor for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!