noun, verb (used with object)

Related formsvi·zor·less, adjectiveun·vi·zored, adjective


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

Examples from the Web for vizor

Historical Examples of 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.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick

  • Before him stood the figure of a knight, clad in black armor and with vizor down.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for vizor


noun, verb

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
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 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