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A motorcycle helmet

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Etymology edit

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 (whence Old English helm). Used in English since the 15th century, it has largely displaced helm as the general word.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛlmɪt/, /ˈhɛlmət/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛlmɪt

Noun edit

helmet (plural helmets)

  1. A hard, protective head covering, typically part of armour.
    Synonym: (archaic or poetic) helm
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter II, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, →OCLC:
      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.
    1. (heraldry) Such a helm when placed above a shield on a coat of arms.
      Synonym: helm
  2. That which resembles a helmet in form, position, etc.
    1. The upper part of a chemist's retort.
      Synonym: (obsolete) helm
    2. The hood-shaped upper sepal or petal of some flowers, as of the monkshood or the snapdragon.
    3. A naked shield or protuberance on the top or fore part of the head of a bird.
    4. The glans penis.
      1. (by extension, derogatory) A contemptible or stupid person.
        • 2021 September 3, MJowen174, Twitter[1], archived from the original on 2023-01-14:
          Jarvo’s a stinky old helmet.

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Verb edit

helmet (third-person singular simple present helmets, present participle helmeting or helmetting, simple past and past participle helmeted or helmetted)

  1. (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, a helmet.
    • 1913 August 28, “English Non-Militant Suffragists in Parade”, in The Union Signal, volume XXXIX, number 35, Evanston, Ill., page 12:
      There was no nonsense about these women—no hysteria, no top-note emotion. They were not out for smashing windows or helmetting policemen, or blowing up things sky-high.
    • 1917 August, Walter Adolphe Roberts, “To a Friend Fallen for France (Alan Seeger)”, in The Forum, volume LVIII, New York, N.Y.: The Forum Publishing Company [], page 210:
      COMRADE, I had done well with you to swear / Allegiance to the colors of romance / In the great days when our sweet mistress, France, / Girded her loins and helmetted her hair.
    • 2014, Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun, New York, N.Y.: Dial Books, →ISBN, page 96:
      And then they’re fleeing in a second rain of meteorites, their arms helmetting their heads, as they run away from us.

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Cebuano edit

Etymology edit

From English helmet, from Middle English helmet, helmett, a borrowing from Old French helmet, heaumet, a diminutive of helme.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: hel‧met

Noun edit

helmet

  1. a helmet; a protective head covering, usually part of armour.

Verb edit

helmet

  1. to wear a helmet

Quotations edit

For quotations using this term, see Citations:helmet.

Finnish edit

Noun edit

helmet

  1. nominative plural of helmi
  2. necklace made of pearls or beads

Declension edit

Inflection of helmet (Kotus type 7/ovi, no gradation)
nominative helmet
genitive helmien
partitive helmiä
illative helmiin
singular plural
nominative helmet
accusative nom. helmet
gen.
genitive helmien
partitive helmiä
inessive helmissä
elative helmistä
illative helmiin
adessive helmillä
ablative helmiltä
allative helmille
essive helminä
translative helmiksi
abessive helmittä
instructive helmin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of helmet (Kotus type 7/ovi, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative helmeni
accusative nom. helmeni
gen.
genitive helmieni
partitive helmiäni
inessive helmissäni
elative helmistäni
illative helmiini
adessive helmilläni
ablative helmiltäni
allative helmilleni
essive helminäni
translative helmikseni
abessive helmittäni
instructive
comitative helmineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative helmesi
accusative nom. helmesi
gen.
genitive helmiesi
partitive helmiäsi
inessive helmissäsi
elative helmistäsi
illative helmiisi
adessive helmilläsi
ablative helmiltäsi
allative helmillesi
essive helminäsi
translative helmiksesi
abessive helmittäsi
instructive
comitative helminesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative helmemme
accusative nom. helmemme
gen.
genitive helmiemme
partitive helmiämme
inessive helmissämme
elative helmistämme
illative helmiimme
adessive helmillämme
ablative helmiltämme
allative helmillemme
essive helminämme
translative helmiksemme
abessive helmittämme
instructive
comitative helminemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative helmenne
accusative nom. helmenne
gen.
genitive helmienne
partitive helmiänne
inessive helmissänne
elative helmistänne
illative helmiinne
adessive helmillänne
ablative helmiltänne
allative helmillenne
essive helminänne
translative helmiksenne
abessive helmittänne
instructive
comitative helminenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative helmensä
accusative nom. helmensä
gen.
genitive helmiensä
partitive helmiään
helmiänsä
inessive helmissään
helmissänsä
elative helmistään
helmistänsä
illative helmiinsä
adessive helmillään
helmillänsä
ablative helmiltään
helmiltänsä
allative helmilleen
helmillensä
essive helminään
helminänsä
translative helmikseen
helmiksensä
abessive helmittään
helmittänsä
instructive
comitative helmineen
helminensä

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Etymology edit

From Old French helmet; equivalent to helm +‎ -et.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛlmɛt/, /ˈhɛlmit/

Noun edit

helmet

  1. A helmet; an armoured piece of headgear.

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Tagalog edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English helmet, from Middle English helmet, helmett, a borrowing from Old French helmet, heaumet, ultimately from Germanic origin. Doublet of almete.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: hel‧met
  • IPA(key): /ˈhelmet/, [ˈhɛl.mɛt]

Noun edit

helmet (Baybayin spelling ᜑᜒᜎ᜔ᜋᜒᜆ᜔)

  1. helmet
    Synonym: (rare) almete

References edit

  • helmet”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo | Diksiyonaryo.ph, Manila, 2018