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[mawr-ee-on, mohr-]
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  1. 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-]
  1. a variety of smoky quartz of a dark-brown or nearly black color.

Origin of morion2

1740–50; < Latin mōrion, misreading of mormorion a kind of crystal
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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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for morion


  1. 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


  1. 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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