[bas-uh-nit, -net, bas-uh-net]
- a globular or pointed helmet of the 14th century, often provided with a visor or aventail: evolved from the cervellière.Compare great basinet.
- a supplementary cap that is worn underneath a helm, as an arming cap.
Origin of basinet
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Examples from the Web for basinet
His helmet is a basinet, pointed at the top, probably worn over a complete hood of mail flowing to the mid-breast.
The clangor of steel rose deafeningly, and sparks flew as Conan's sword crashed on basinet and hauberk.
Then an ax, swung blindly in the dark, crashed on the king's basinet, filling his eyes with sparks of fire.
The basinet was open at the face or had a movable face-piece (visor or ventaille).A Handbook of Pictorial History
Henry W. Donald
The first bed is usually a basinet—a wicker basket with high sides—with or without a hood.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
- a close-fitting medieval helmet of light steel usually with a visor
C14: from Old French bacinet, a little basin, from bacin basin
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