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[hel-mit] /ˈhɛl mɪt/
any of various forms of protective head covering worn by soldiers, firefighters, divers, cyclists, etc.
medieval armor for the head.
(in fencing, singlestick, etc.) a protective device for the head and face consisting of reinforced wire mesh.
anything resembling a helmet in form or position.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French healmet, helmet, diminutive of helme helm2
Related forms
helmeted, adjective
helmetlike, adjective
unhelmeted, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for helmetlike


a piece of protective or defensive armour for the head worn by soldiers, policemen, firemen, divers, etc
(biology) a part or structure resembling a helmet, esp the upper part of the calyx of certain flowers
Derived Forms
helmeted, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, diminutive of helme, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for helmetlike



mid-15c., perhaps a diminutive of Old English helm "protection, covering; crown, helmet" (see helm (n.2)). But Barnhart says from Middle French helmet (Modern French heaume), diminutive of helme "helmet," from the same Germanic source as helm (n.2). "Middle English Dictionary" points to both without making a choice. "Old English helm never became an active term in the standard vocabulary of English." [Barnhart]

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Slang definitions & phrases for helmetlike



The foreskin of the penis or the end of the penis (glans penis) •Fr its shape: clipped helmet

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helmetlike in the Bible

(Heb. kob'a), a cap for the defence of the head (1 Sam. 17:5, 38). In the New Testament the Greek equivalent is used (Eph. 6:17; 1 Thess. 5:8). (See ARMS.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for helmetlike


defensive covering for the head, one of the most universal forms of armour. Helmets are usually thought of as military equipment, but they are also worn by firemen, miners, construction workers, riot and motorcycle police, gridiron-football and ice-hockey players, and bicyclists.

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