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
b : disguise

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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

Synonyms for visor


bill, brim, peak

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Examples of visor in a Sentence

the visor on your baseball cap should provide adequate shade for your eyes

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In all fairness, the reflections of Armstrong's visor of the airless lunar surface look a little too mirror-like and accurate. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Nvidia models the Apollo 11 moon landing using RTX technology," 19 July 2019 Although many of the sizes for both owners and pets are selling out, there are plenty of other adorable offerings to treat your pet to — including visors, band t-shirts, bandanas and bow-ties. Happy shopping! Maria Pasquini,, "Cute Overload! Celebrate Summer by Getting Matching Hawaiian Shirts for You and Your Dog," 15 July 2019 McCarthy took precautions by wearing a protective face visor, Corden’s team broke for high tea in the middle of the match, and near the end, Cumberbatch even took a break to ask Obama to sign a copy of her best-selling memoir, Becoming. Vogue, "Turns Out Michelle Obama Has a Mean Dodgeball Arm," 18 June 2019 In a press release, NASA reports those suits weigh about 20 pounds and have the helmet and visor built into the suit instead of being detachable. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronauts Test Out Their Sleek New SpaceX Flight Suits," 12 Aug. 2019 She is described as having blonde hair and green eyes and was last seen wearing a gold and white polka dot dress and pink visor. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Silver alert issued for Oshkosh woman who went missing after driving away from her home," 10 Aug. 2019 In both cases, the suspect wore a full face mask, gloves, sunglasses, red or blue long sleeve shirts, and a baseball cap or visor. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Gunman in full flesh-colored face mask ties up gas station clerk in robbery," 31 July 2019 In 2016, Beckwitt spoke at a hacker convention using the alias ‘‘3AlarmLampscooter’’ and wearing a fire-resistant suit and visor that obscured his face. Michael Kunzelman,, "Millionaire gets 9 years for deadly fire above tunnels," 17 June 2019 Moon Use: To prevent fogging on capsule windows during take-off and on helmet visors while on the Moon, which would have been catastrophic. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Our Trip to the Moon Pushed Innovation Here on Earth," 23 July 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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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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