from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A head covering of hard material, such as leather, metal, or plastic, worn by football players, firefighters, construction workers, motorcyclists, and others to protect the head.
  • n. The headgear with a glass mask worn by deep-sea divers.
  • n. A pith helmet; a topi.
  • n. A head covering, such as a balaclava, that is shaped like a helmet.
  • n. A piece of armor, usually made of metal, designed to protect the head.
  • n. Botany The hood-shaped sepal or corolla of some flowers.
  • transitive v. To provide with or put on a helmet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A protective head covering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A defensive covering for the head. See casque, headpiece, morion, sallet, and Illust. of beaver.
  • n. The representation of a helmet over shields or coats of arms, denoting gradations of rank by modifications of form.
  • n. 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.
  • n. That which resembles a helmet in form, position, etc.
  • n. The upper part of a retort.
  • n. The hood-formed upper sepal or petal of some flowers, as of the monkshood or the snapdragon.
  • n. A naked shield or protuberance on the top or fore part of the head of a bird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A defensive cover for the head.
  • n. () In present use, a stiff military hat of domed or pointed form, sometimes of metal or stiffened with bars of metal so as to afford defense against a sword-cut.
  • n. A hat, usually of leather and having a vizor and broad neckguard, worn by firemen.
  • n. A hat of similar form worn by policemen, or by civilians for any purpose, especially in not climates. Such hats are usually of felt or pith, so formed as to have space for ventilation around the head or openings for ventilation above.
  • n. The headpiece of a suit of submarine armor. It is usually formed of sheetmetal and leather, and is fitted over the head and shoulders. It is provided with thick glass windows for the eyes and with pipes for air. See submarine, armor, under armor.
  • n. A havelock used by anglers, with a projection in front of the face that can be covered by a netting or veil as a protection against insects.
  • n. In heraldry, the representation of a helmet, set above the escutcheon and seeming to support the armorial crest. Distinctions of rank are indicated by the metal, the number of bars in the vizor, and the position.
  • n. Same as helm
  • n. In botany, same as galea, 1 .
  • n. The upper part of a retort.
  • n. In entomology, the galea of an insect's maxilla.
  • n. plural A breed of small, fancy pigeons which have a white body and the tail and top of head black or red. The name is given in allusion to this cap or helmet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a protective headgear made of hard material to resist blows
  • n. armor plate that protects the head


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of helme, of Germanic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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  • Means "pearls" in Finnish.

    July 13, 2009

  • of course also slang for the foreskin (and often used derogatively of a male) so like the yiddish schmuck. of course I could be quite wrong about any or all of this:)

    December 4, 2008