or vi·zor



  1. (on a close helmet) a piece having slits or holes for vision, situated above and pivoted with a beaver or a ventail and beaver.
  2. a similar piece of plate having holes or slits for vision and breathing, attached to or used with any of various other helmets, as the armet, sallet, basinet, or helm.
the projecting front brim of a cap.
a rigid adjustable flap on an automobile windshield that can shield the eyes of a driver from direct sunlight or glare.
a means of concealment; disguise.

verb (used with object)

to protect or mask with a visor; shield.

Origin of visor

1250–1300; Middle English viser < Anglo-French (compare Old French visiere), equivalent to vis face (see visage) + -er -er2
Related formsvi·sor·less, adjectiveun·vi·sored, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for visor

cap, hat, peak, brim

Examples from the Web for visor

Contemporary Examples of visor

Historical Examples of visor

  • Its visor grinned at him--the fool, the tricked, the supplanted.


    William J. Locke

  • The mechanician touched the visor of his cap and hurried off.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He already had such an advantage that it was all I could do to keep him in my visor screen.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Its visor was up, and what I saw within the casque is stamped for ever on my memory.

    Scottish Ghost Stories

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • The visor of the king hid the look with which he must have received these words.

British Dictionary definitions for visor




a transparent flap on a helmet that can be pulled down to protect the face
a piece of armour fixed or hinged to the helmet to protect the face and with slits for the eyes
another name for peak (def. 6)
a small movable screen used as protection against glare from the sun, esp one attached above the windscreen of a motor vehicle
archaic, or literary a mask or any other means of disguise or concealment


(tr) to cover, provide, or protect with a visor; shield
Derived Formsvisored or vizored, adjectivevisorless or vizorless, adjective

Word Origin for visor

C14: from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis face; see visage
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Word Origin and History for visor

c.1300, "front part of a helmet," from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis "face" (see visage). Meaning "eyeshade" is recorded from 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper