One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light, close-fitting steel helmet, typically having a visor.
- ‘As an additional head protection, but occasionally worn alone beneath the mail coif, a metal skullcap called a basinet was developed.’
- ‘Often a light basinet was worn underneath it - or rather the knight usually wore his basinet and only put the heaume on over it at the last moment before engaging.’
- ‘He wore a helmet of the kind that is called a basinet, with eye slits, and chain armour.’
- ‘He showed me a large and very rusty helmet, which he informed me was a basinet, a typical type of open-faced helmet with a conical or globular skull.’
- ‘The great helm persisted but was giving way to the head-hugging bascinet, which sometimes had a visor.’
Middle English: from Old French bacinet ‘little basin’.
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