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 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 The images showcase the employees' new work wardrobe staples, including a T-shirt, polo shirt, apron and matching visor, and durag, all in shades of blue and black. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Telfar's Latest Collection Is at Your Local White Castle," 13 Apr. 2021 Helmets come with seven air vents, a visor and a magnetic buckle. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "7 best bike helmets for 2021 and how to choose one," 7 Apr. 2021 It can be placed on the sun visor of your car, the backseat, or even the door as well. Diego Pineda, USA TODAY, "20 TikTok-approved products you can get on Amazon," 2 Apr. 2021 The flip-up visor and chin bar design is more popular in Europe than in the United States, and the Euros are onto something. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "All the Best Motorcycle Gear You Need to Start Riding," 30 Mar. 2021 An iPhone charger, a USA visor, a container of Axe body spray, a container of gum. al, "$2.5 million settlement in Alabama police shooting, gun found at hospital left unresolved," 23 Mar. 2021 The Manifest also features eyewear grippers to secure sunglasses, a goggle gripper on the back, an adjustable screw-in visor and a Fidlock buckle. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, "Cycling Helmet Technology Stepping Up Sophistication," 1 Mar. 2021 The theater features a screen shaped like a helmet visor, racing-style seats that rumble with the engine and puffs of air at the start. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Historic race cars, dramatic tales, modern driving simulators star at the Henry Ford," 20 Feb. 2021 These handsets slot into a micro USB dock and display the phone’s content on an advanced organic LED screen inside the visor. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Virtual Reality for All, Finally," 8 Dec. 2015

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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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23 Apr 2021

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“Visor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 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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