(redirected from basinets)
Also found in: Thesaurus.


also bas·ci·net  (băs′ə-nĕt′, băs′ə-nĭt)
A small, light, rounded steel helmet from the Middle Ages, terminating in a point at the top and often having a projecting visor.

[Middle English, from Old French bacinet, diminutive of bacin, basin; see basin.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈbæsɪnɪt; -ˌnɛt) or


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a close-fitting medieval helmet of light steel usually with a visor
[C14: from Old French bacinet, a little basin, from bacin basin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈbæs ə nɪt, -ˌnɛt, ˌbæs əˈnɛt)

a pointed helmet of the 14th century.
[1250–1300; Middle English bas(e)net < Middle French bacinet. See basin, -et]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.basinet - a medieval steel helmetbasinet - a medieval steel helmet    
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
aventail, camail, ventail - a medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck
helmet - armor plate that protects the head
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
But this would have been worn with a lighter helmet beneath - a cervellier or a basinet. The poet does not mention two helmets.
There is only one possible candidate as a design for Gawain's helmet: the war basinet. This was not made in pieces, and therefore jointed, but raised from a single sheet of steel.(3) That Gawain's helmet was 'stapled stifly' means that the basinet was equipped with secure staples for the attachment of the aventail.
It is a war basinet, and Gawain is effectively equipped as for war.