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[bas-uh-nit, -net, bas-uh-net]
noun Armor.
  1. a globular or pointed helmet of the 14th century, often provided with a visor or aventail: evolved from the cervellière.Compare great basinet.
  2. a supplementary cap that is worn underneath a helm, as an arming cap.
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Origin of basinet

1250–1300; Middle English bas(e)net < Middle French bacinet. See basin, -et
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Examples from the Web for basinet

Historical Examples

  • His helmet is a basinet, pointed at the top, probably worn over a complete hood of mail flowing to the mid-breast.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6


  • The clangor of steel rose deafeningly, and sparks flew as Conan's sword crashed on basinet and hauberk.

    The Hour of the Dragon

    Robert E. Howard

  • Then an ax, swung blindly in the dark, crashed on the king's basinet, filling his eyes with sparks of fire.

    The Hour of the Dragon

    Robert E. Howard

  • The basinet was open at the face or had a movable face-piece (visor or ventaille).

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for basinet



  1. a close-fitting medieval helmet of light steel usually with a visor
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Word Origin

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