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A light helmet with an outward curve extending over the back of the neck, worn as part of medieval armor.
- ‘The pikeman's head was protected by a high combed morion in the Spanish style, rather than the earlier sallet; he wore a breastplate with attached tassets over his thighs and - if an officer - a gorget to protect his throat.’
- ‘In a set of Arthurian tapestries co-designed by Burne-Jones for William Morris & Co in the 1890s, you can't help admiring the accuracy with which 15 th-century sallets (rounded steel helmets) and other armour pieces are recreated.’
Late Middle English: from French salade, based on Latin caelare ‘engrave’ (from caelum ‘chisel’).
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