- helmette (obsolete)
From healmet, helmet, an Old French diminutive of helme (Modern French heaume). The Old French is itself from the Germanic helm. English since the 15th century, has gradually displaced Old English helm as the generic word.
helmet (plural helmets)
- A protective head covering.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, in The China Governess:
- Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety. She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.
- That which resembles a helmet in form, position, etc.
- (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, a helmet.
|Inflection of helmet (Kotus type 7/ovi, no gradation)|