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[mawr-ee-on, mohr-] /ˈmɔr iˌɒn, ˈmoʊr-/
an open helmet of the 16th and early 17th centuries, worn by common soldiers and usually having a flat or turned-down brim and a crest from front to back.
Origin of morion1
1555-65; < Middle French < Spanish morrión, equivalent to morr(o) top of head + -ión noun suffix


[mawr-ee-on, mohr-] /ˈmɔr iˌɒn, ˈmoʊr-/
a variety of smoky quartz of a dark-brown or nearly black color.
1740-50; < Latin mōrion, misreading of mormorion a kind of crystal Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for morion
Historical Examples
  • His head was uncovered, and on the table at his side stood the morion he had doffed.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • He took off his coat of mail and his morion, but kept his sword in his hand.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • About the end of the 16th century the usual English helmets were the burgonet and morion.

  • “Well, it do stun me,” he said, taking off his morion for a fresh scratch.

    Crown and Sceptre George Manville Fenn
  • He looked up into the shadows under the morion, and then at his watch.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • Lopez raised his morion, and, leaning on his pike, glanced over the expanse.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • He liked the way I had done the morion, which astonished me, as I had done it all unaided.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • Yet look as I might, everywhere did I see a breast-piece, morion, pike or arquebus.

  • The morion and cabasset have no face, cheek or neck protection.

  • It had its own money, seal, and arms composed of an escritoire on a field fleur-de-lis, surmounted by a casque and morion.

    Paris and its Story Thomas Okey
British Dictionary definitions for morion


a 16th-century helmet with a brim and wide comb
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Spanish morrión, perhaps from morra crown of the head


a smoky brown, grey, or blackish variety of quartz, used as a gemstone
Word Origin
C18: via French from Latin mōrion, a misreading of mormorion
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