Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light, late medieval helmet with a brim flaring in the back, sometimes fitted with a visor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of helmet, first introduced at the beginning of the fifteenth century, lighter than the helm, and having an intermediary form between this and the chapel-de-fer.
  • noun As much as a sallet will hold.
  • noun Lettuce, Lactuca sativa.
  • noun An obsolete form of salad.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Salad.
  • noun A light kind of helmet, with or without a visor, introduced during the 15th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical A type of light spherical helmet, also sometimes called a salade or celate.
  • noun Archaic form of salad.

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

  • noun a light medieval helmet with a slit for vision

Etymologies

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

[Middle English salet, from Old French sallade, from Old Spanish celada or Old Italian celata, both probably from Latin caelāta (cassis), engraved (helmet), feminine past participle of caelāre, to engrave, from caelum, chisel; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle French salade, from Spanish celada, thought to be from Latin caelāta ("ornamentally engraved (helmet)") (although the Latin word is not attested in this sense).

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Alternative forms.

Examples

  • And, I think, this word sallet was born to do me good: for, many a time, but for a sallet, my brain-pan had been cleft with a brown bill; and, many a time, when I have been dry, and bravely marching, it hath served me instead of a quart-pot to drink in; and now the word sallet must serve me to feed on.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

  • For starters, we'll have a "sallet" -- salad -- from Margaret Huntington Hooker's 1896 book, "Early American Cookery," reprinted in 1981 by Americana Review.

    post-gazette.com - News

  • III. -- and find at their place of supper nothing but a 'sallet' and two or three bones of mutton provided for ten of us, 'which was very strange.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Volume 1

  • And I think this word 'sallet' was born to do me good: for many a time, but for a sallet, my brainpan had been cleft with a brown bill; and many a time, when I have been dry and bravely marching, it hath served me instead of a quart pot to drink in; and now the word 'sallet' must serve me to feed on.

    The Second Part of King Henry VI

  • I realized that maybe once a week for breakfast or lunch I eat a poke sallet-like dish — a kind of spinach frittata that is more spinach than egg.

    Polk Poke Salad Sallet | clusterflock

  • “The Allens” line of canned vegetables still included canned ‘poke sallet greens’ till just a few years ago.

    Polk Poke Salad Sallet | clusterflock

  • Next, notice the helmet, the Duc d'Alencon specifically remarks that her helmet he calls it a calotte a sallet had no visor.

    The Maids Armor

  • The typical later 15th-centuy (Wars of the Roses era) knightly headwear is the sallet and bevor combo.

    Long Tall Sallet

  • Next, notice the helmet, the Duc d'Alencon specifically remarks that her helmet he calls it a calotte a sallet had no visor.

    Archive 2008-02-24

  • I do look now for a Spanish fig, or an Italian sallet, daily.

    The White Devil

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  • This bugged me for a while until I found the word I was thinking of instead: solleret. (Not related, really, except that they're both medieval armor-type thingies.)

    August 1, 2009