[ sal-it ]

  1. a light medieval helmet, usually with a vision slit or a movable visor.

Origin of sallet

1400–50; late Middle English, variant of salade<Middle French <Spanish celada (or Italian celata) <Latin caelāta (cassis) engraved (helmet), feminine of caelātus (past participle of caelāre to engrave); see -ate1

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How to use sallet in a sentence

  • What variety of herbs soever are shufed together in the dish, yet the whole mass is swallowed up under one name of a sallet.

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  • Galen (whoſe beloved sallet it was) from its pinguid, ſubdulcid and agreeable Nature, ſays it breeds the moſt laudable Blood.

  • During the fourteenth century a new kind of helmet arose, called in England the "sallad," or "sallet."

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  • It quite frightened her, not knowing that Unity sallet was in the waggon likewise.

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  • Unity sallet is there too—yes, at the other end, under the tarpaulin.

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British Dictionary definitions for sallet


salet salade

/ (ˈsælɪt) /

  1. a light round helmet extending over the back of the neck; replaced the basinet in the 15th century

Origin of sallet

C15: from French salade, probably from Old Italian celata, from celare to conceal, from Latin

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