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[vahy-zer] /ˈvaɪ zər/
  1. (on a close helmet) a piece having slits or holes for vision, situated above and pivoted with a beaver or a ventail and beaver.
  2. a similar piece of plate having holes or slits for vision and breathing, attached to or used with any of various other helmets, as the armet, sallet, basinet, or helm.
the projecting front brim of a cap.
a rigid adjustable flap on an automobile windshield that can shield the eyes of a driver from direct sunlight or glare.
a means of concealment; disguise.
verb (used with object)
to protect or mask with a visor; shield.
Also, vizor.
Origin of visor
1250-1300; Middle English viser < Anglo-French (compare Old French visiere), equivalent to vis face (see visage) + -er -er2
Related forms
visorless, adjective
unvisored, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for visor
  • Her head behind the car's visor, she is near- ly to the top of the lane before she sees what has happened.
  • In her experiments she either stood face-to-face with them-protected by a plastic visor-or she used photos.
  • Also, to put on your visor, you have to hold down the minus button.
  • The soft, flexible sun visor and three interior air channels will keep your vision clear and your head cool.
  • Maybe it's the anonymous visor, or the cheap camera tied with string around the surrogate astronaut's neck.
  • The shield would resemble the clear plastic visor used in motorcycle helmets.
  • They show detail in much better resolution than a human could looking at it with his plain eyeball through a visor.
  • Time to strap on your green visor and sharpen your red pencil.
  • The visor is never worn backward and is often at a rakish angle.
  • It's unfair to fight a guy if you're wearing a visor.
British Dictionary definitions for visor


a transparent flap on a helmet that can be pulled down to protect the face
a piece of armour fixed or hinged to the helmet to protect the face and with slits for the eyes
another name for peak (sense 6)
a small movable screen used as protection against glare from the sun, esp one attached above the windscreen of a motor vehicle
(archaic or literary) a mask or any other means of disguise or concealment
(transitive) to cover, provide, or protect with a visor; shield
Derived Forms
visored, vizored, adjective
visorless, vizorless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis face; see visage
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Word Origin and History for visor

c.1300, "front part of a helmet," from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis "face" (see visage). Meaning "eyeshade" is recorded from 1925.

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