vi·​sor | \ ˈvī-zər How to pronounce visor (audio) \
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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

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Other Words from visor

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

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Examples of visor in a Sentence

the visor on your baseball cap should provide adequate shade for your eyes
Recent Examples on the Web In 1524, the king failed to lower the visor on his helmet while jousting and suffered a blow to the head above his right eye. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Find Remnants of Jousting Field Where Henry VIII Almost Died," 6 Nov. 2020 By then, Mullen had swapped his signature visor for the proverbial black hat. Edgar Thompson,, "UF coach Dan Mullen’s unfiltered, unprecedented 2020 season nears conclusion," 26 Dec. 2020 Sun-protective clothing and accessories, like a visor, provide extra insurance. Marianne Mychaskiw, Good Housekeeping, "4 All-Star Skin Tips From a Professional Golfer," 9 Nov. 2020 Ballesteros, his head bowed in his white visor, had dunked his second into the water on 15. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "How Jack Nicklaus' sixth Masters win aged 46 tops Tiger Woods' redemption tale," 6 Nov. 2020 Unless the issue is the potential spread of COVID-19 by players wearing a cage on the front of their helmet instead of a visor. Pat Disabato,, "Disabato: ‘I don’t totally get it.’ Labeled as a high-risk sport, Illinois high school hockey season put on ice with no end in sight.," 4 Nov. 2020 The suspect was last seen wearing a blue bubble coat, camouflage pants, a head wrap and a visor, according to police. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Police respond to Westwood bank robbery, Schiff Avenue closed," 28 Oct. 2020 Catherine herself even rides into battle, slamming her visor down and charging ahead. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Catherine of Aragon is a badass and other The Spanish Princess historical observations," 19 Oct. 2020 In flight, the nose is lifted level with the rest of the fuselage, and for supersonic flight, a long visor rises from the nose to meet the top of the windshield, making the whole plane impeccably sleek and aerodynamically trim. J. A. Maxtone Graham, Popular Mechanics, "You, Too, Can Break the Sound Barrier," 24 Sep. 2020

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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

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

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Visor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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

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