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Definitions for helmet
ˈhɛl mɪthel·met

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. helmet(noun)

    armor plate that protects the head

  2. helmet(noun)

    a protective headgear made of hard material to resist blows


  1. helmet(Noun)

    A protective head covering.

  2. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Helmet(noun)

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

  2. Helmet(noun)

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

  3. Helmet(noun)

    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. Helmet(noun)

    that which resembles a helmet in form, position, etc

  5. Helmet(noun)

    the upper part of a retort

  6. Helmet(noun)

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

  7. Helmet(noun)

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

  8. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. Helmet

    A form of headgear you wear on your head.

    Helmets are used in Sport, Space, Motorsport, Cycling and in many other situations.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 14, 2015  

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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. Japanese Proverb:

    After victory, tighten your helmet chord.

  2. Lyndon Baines Johnson:

    Gerry Ford is a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off.

  3. Jennifer Frankford:

    If it wasn’t for the boots and the gun and the helmet, we wouldn’t have all the freedoms we have.

  4. Al Joersz:

    You figured out a way to do it by turning your head and the helmet and using the mic to scratch your nose.

  5. Carli Lloyd:

    I want to try it. I want to put a helmet on, I want to put pads on, I want to kick with two steps. And then see from there.

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