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Definitions for helmet
ˈhɛl mɪthel·met

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. helmetnoun

    armor plate that protects the head

  2. helmetnoun

    a protective headgear made of hard material to resist blows


  1. helmetnoun

    A protective head covering.

  2. Etymology: From healmet, helmet, an diminutive of elme (Modern French heaume). The Old French is itself from the helm. English since the 15th century, gradually displacing helm as the generic word.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Helmetnoun

    A helm; a headpiece; armour for the head.

    Etymology: Probably a diminutive of helm.

    I saw him down; thrice up again, and fighting;
    From helmet to the spur all bleeding o’er. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    Put in their hands thy bruising irons of wrath,
    That they may crush down with a heavy fall
    Th’ usurping helmets of our adversaries. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Sev’n darts are thrown at once, and some rebound
    From his bright shield, some on his helmet sound. Dryden.


  1. Helmet

    A helmet is a form of protective gear worn to protect the head. More specifically, a helmet complements the skull in protecting the human brain. Ceremonial or symbolic helmets (e.g., a policeman's helmet in the United Kingdom) without protective function are sometimes worn. Soldiers wear combat helmets, often made from Kevlar or other lightweight synthetic fibers. The word helmet is derived from helm, an Old English word for a protective head covering.Helmets are used for recreational activities and sports (e.g., jockeys in horse racing, American football, ice hockey, cricket, baseball, camogie, hurling and rock climbing); dangerous work activities such as construction, mining, riot police, military aviation, and in transportation (e.g. motorcycle helmets and bicycle helmets). Since the 1990s, most helmets are made from resin or plastic, which may be reinforced with fibers such as aramids.


  1. helmet

    A helmet is a protective head covering often made of hard material, worn to prevent injuries in various activities such as sports, military combat, construction work or transportation activities such as riding a motorcycle or bicycle. The design and structure of a helmet can vary widely depending on its specific use. Some may cover the entire face, while others only cover the top and sides of the head.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Helmetnoun

    a defensive covering for the head. See Casque, Headpiece, Morion, Sallet, and Illust. of Beaver

  2. Helmetnoun

    the representation of a helmet over shields or coats of arms, denoting gradations of rank by modifications of form

  3. Helmetnoun

    a helmet-shaped hat, made of cork, felt, metal, or other suitable material, worn as part of the uniform of soldiers, firemen, etc., also worn in hot countries as a protection from the heat of the sun

  4. Helmetnoun

    that which resembles a helmet in form, position, etc

  5. Helmetnoun

    the upper part of a retort

  6. Helmetnoun

    the hood-formed upper sepal or petal of some flowers, as of the monkshood or the snapdragon

  7. Helmetnoun

    a naked shield or protuberance on the top or fore part of the head of a bird

  8. Etymology: [OF. helmet, a dim of helme, F. heaume; of Teutonic origin; cf. G. helm, akin to AS. & OS. helm, D. helm, helmet, Icel. hjlmr, Sw. hjelm, Dan. hielm, Goth. hilms; and prob. from the root of AS. helan to hide, to hele; cf. also Lith. szalmas, Russ. shleme, Skr. arman protection. 17. Cf. Hele, Hell, Helm a helmet.]


  1. Helmet

    A helmet is a form of protective gear worn on the head to protect it from injuries. Ceremonial or symbolic helmets without protective function are sometimes used. The oldest known use of helmets was by Assyrian soldiers in 900BC, who wore thick leather or bronze helmets to protect the head from blunt object and sword blows and arrow strikes in combat. Soldiers still wear helmets, now often made from lightweight plastic materials. In civilian life, helmets are used for recreational activities and sports; dangerous work activities; and transportation. Since the 1990s, most helmets are made from resin or plastic, which may be reinforced with fibers such as aramids. The word helmet is diminutive from helm, Medieval word for combat protective headgear. The Medieval great helm covers the whole head and often is accompanied with camail protecting throat and neck as well. Originally a helmet was a helm which covered the head only partly.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. helmet

    A piece of defensive armour; a covering for the head.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. helmet

    A piece of defensive armor or covering for the head. Among the early nations of antiquity the helmet forms a prominent feature in all military costume, and is often of very great utility in distinguishing the age or country of the wearer. The Egyptian kings had them of brass, while the soldiers wore linen ones thickly padded. The crests of the royal Egyptian helmet were the heads of the lion, bull, or dragon. The Milyans had helmets of skins; those of a fox formed the early Thracian helmet; and this ancient fashion of the heroic ages appears in the galerus of the Roman light troops. The Phrygian bonnet was a skull-cap, with a bent peak projecting in front, like the bust of a bird, with an arched neck and head. It is certainly the most ancient form of helmet. Strabo says the ancient Persians, and probably their oriental neighbors, wore modern turbans; in war, a cap cut in the form of a cylinder or tower. This Asiatic fashion extended itself widely. The helmet of the Grecian soldier was usually made of brass, and sometimes of the skins of beasts, with the hair still on; and to render them more terrible, the teeth were often placed in a grinning manner. The crest was made of horse-hair or feathers, and was curiously ornamented. In the early period of the Greeks, helmets had been composed of the skins of quadrupeds, of which none were more common than the dog. After the time of Alexander the Great, common soldiers had only small crests; chieftains, plumes or two crests. The helmet of the Romans was a head-piece of brass or iron, which left the face uncovered, and descended behind as far as the shoulders. Upon the top was the crest, in adorning which the soldiers took great pride. The usual ornament was horse-hair or feathers of divers colors; but the helmets of the officers were sometimes very splendid, and adorned with gold and silver. Helmets occur with cheek-pieces and movable visors. Singular helmets, with aigrettes, plumes, wings, horns, double crests, double-cheek pieces (some of which are seen on the Hamilton vases), and others, with fantastical additions and overloaded crests, are either barbarian, or subsequent to the removal of the seat of empire to Constantinople. The Gauls wore helmets of brass, with monstrous appendages for ostentation, as the shapes of birds, beasts, etc. In the Middle Ages the knights of Europe were distinguished by helmets adorned with the figure of a crown, or of some animal. The king wore a helmet of gold, or gilt; his attendants of silver; the nobility of steel; and the lower orders of iron. In European armies helmets are worn by the horse-guards and heavy cavalry. In the United States, helmets made of felt and adorned with horse-hair plumes are worn by light artillery and cavalry troops.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of helmet in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of helmet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of helmet in a Sentence

  1. Joost Op t Eynde:

    The difference a simple crest or a wider brim can make in blast protection, shows just how important this line of research could be, with all of the modern materials and manufacturing capabilities we possess today, we should be able to make improvements in helmet design that protectfrom blast waves better than helmets today or 100 years ago.

  2. Amy Boore:

    I feel like one of those football guys that goes and throws their helmet on the ground, we pulled it together in the end.

  3. Herschel McGriff Sr.:

    When we get in the car, when I get my helmet on and the suit, they don’t know who’s in there — they don’t know I’m 90 years old, so, they might think, ‘Hey, here’s some 23-year-old wanting to pass me.’.

  4. Herschel McGriff Sr.:

    When we get in the car, when I get my helmet on and the suit, they don’t know who’s in there—they don’t know I’m 90 years old, so, they might think, ‘Hey, here’s some 23-year-old wanting to pass me.’.

  5. Troy Holtorf:

    When you put on the full armor of God, it’s just like putting on a full set of turnouts, you have a helmet, a shield, a jacket—which is like a breastplate, a pair of pants, boots, you have a shield—which is the shield of faith, your sword—which is the Word of God—is kind of like your pipe puller, your ax.

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    having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
    A appellative
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