An alteration of visor by confusion of the ending.
vizard (plural vizards)
- (archaic) A mask worn to disguise or protect the face.
- A grotesque vizard. -Sir W. Scott
- There, then, that vizard, that superfluous case, that hid the worse and show'd the better face.-- Shakespeare, Love's Labors Lost V.ii.387
- A pretense
- To mislead and betray them under the vizard of law. - John Milton