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[vahy-zer] /ˈvaɪ zər/
noun, verb (used with object)
Related forms
vizorless, adjective
unvizored, adjective


or vizor

[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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for vizor
Historical Examples
  • And now the vizor is up: the lance is in rest (Gillott's iron is the point for me).

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Then the unknown knight for a brief instant raised his vizor.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Before him stood the figure of a knight, clad in black armor and with vizor down.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • After unheard-of prowess the hero unhorses the stranger and unlaces his vizor.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • The king raised his fingers to the vizor of his helmet in acknowledgment of their salute.

    The Mad King Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • I glanced askance at him from under my vizor, and says I, "What Captain, my trooper?"

  • He was a belted knight, but his features could not be seen as his vizor was down.

    Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes Charles Sellers and Others
  • A vizor (also spelt visor, visard, vizard) is a mask, “a false face.”

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • At his feet are a vizor and a pair of gauntlets, these also carved in black marble.

    The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
  • As Forbes' hand went to the brim of his derby hat it felt a vizor there, and his heart went up in thanks.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for vizor


noun, verb
a variant spelling of 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 vizor



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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