[bas-uh-nit, -net, bas-uh-net]

noun Armor.

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.

Nearby words

  1. basilicata,
  2. basilisk,
  3. basilius,
  4. basin,
  5. basin range,
  6. basing point,
  7. basingstoke,
  8. basion,
  9. basipetal,
  10. basiphobia

Origin of basinet

1250–1300; Middle English bas(e)net < Middle French bacinet. See basin, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for basinet




a close-fitting medieval helmet of light steel usually with a visor

Word Origin for basinet

C14: from Old French bacinet, a little basin, from bacin basin

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