basinet

[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.

Origin of basinet

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

bascinet

noun
  1. 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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