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 visored (audio) \ adjective
visorless \ ˈvī-​zər-​ləs How to pronounce visorless (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 Mike, wanted to see why some of the veteran players are still allowed to not wear a visor, is there a grandfather rule in place? Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avs Mailbag: The way Pavel Francouz is playing, is there a goaltending controversy brewing?," 19 Dec. 2019 The truck is believed to be a 2016 or newer, standard edition Toyota Tacoma SR5 with a tonneau cover and a bug visor, Vermont State Police said in a Facebook post., "Vermont State Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a silver pickup truck as part the investigation into the death of a Boston delivery driver found shot and killed on the side of Route 103 earlier this month.," 13 Nov. 2019 Prince Harry’s visit is a stark reminder of when Princess Diana memorably walked through a landmine field filled with warning signs in Huambo, wearing protective clothing and a visor, and met with landmine survivors to raise awareness of the issue. Erin Hill,, "Prince Harry Returns to Same Street His Mom Princess Diana Walked 22 Years Ago for Powerful Reason," 27 Sep. 2019 For the sparring session, the tennis superstar, 38, wore a black tank top, maroon skirt and dark blue visor, while Tyson, 53, was dressed in a white tank top and jeans. Jen Juneau,, "Two Greats! Serena Williams Gets Boxing Lessons from Mike Tyson: 'She Has Some Power'," 19 Dec. 2019 An historic photo of German leader Adolf Hitler wearing the visor hat that will be auctioned Sept. 28 near Stuttgart, Germany. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local collector’s Hitler artifacts could fetch millions at German auction," 25 Sep. 2019 Internet artifact #1: V. Stiviano's Paparazzi visors 1. Andrew Sharp,, "The Biggest NBA Stories of the Decade," 19 Sep. 2019 Nagy kept the atmosphere as light and cool as one of his visors. David Haugh,, "Column: Bears report to camp with high expectations — but can they find the edge they’ll need?," 24 July 2019 Like her, Jessica wears visors and high-waisted khaki shorts, refuses to turn on the air-conditioning even at the height of summer, and packs her children pungent stir-fry lunches that earn them the scorn of their classmates. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Constance Wu’s Hollywood Destiny," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Visor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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