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- helmette (obsolete)
From Middle English helmet, helmett, a borrowing from Old French helmet, heaumet, a diminutive of helme (Modern French heaume), equivalent to helm + -et. The Old French is itself of Germanic origin. Used in English since the 15th century, it has gradually displaced Old English helm as the general word.
helmet (plural helmets)
- A protective head covering, usually part of armour.
- 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)|
- (necklace): helminauha
- A helmet; an armoured piece of headgear.