- (on a close helmet) a piece having slits or holes for vision, situated above and pivoted with a beaver or a ventail and beaver.
- 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.
- to protect or mask with a visor; shield.
Origin of visor
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Examples from the Web for vizor
And now the vizor is up: the lance is in rest (Gillott's iron is the point for me).Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
Then the unknown knight for a brief instant raised his vizor.
Before him stood the figure of a knight, clad in black armor and with vizor down.
After unheard-of prowess the hero unhorses the stranger and unlaces his vizor.Chaucer and His Times
Grace E. Hadow
The king raised his fingers to the vizor of his helmet in acknowledgment of their salute.The Mad King
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- a variant spelling of 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
C14: from Anglo-French viser, from Old French visiere, from vis face; see visage
Word Origin and History for vizor
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