Definition of visor in English:


(also vizor)


North American
  • 1A stiff brim at the front of a cap.

    • ‘They boy was also dressed in baggy clothes, although instead of a baseball cap he was wearing a flipped white visor cap.’
    • ‘And I said, no, not a visor cap, but a golfer's cap, like my dad would wear.’
    • ‘I chuckled to myself while I walked toward the car and jumped in, glancing in the rearview mirror to smooth my hair back and slip on a visor cap and my new sunglasses.’
    • ‘I am quickly surrounded by retired Americans wearing green visor hats, honeymooning couples, and a multitude of cameras.’
    • ‘The attacker was black, about 5ft, and wore dark clothing and a dark baseball cap with the NBA insignia on its front and visor.’
    • ‘Caps are 12.5 oz. wool blend and have buckram-backed front panels, pre-curved visors, and grey undervisors.’
    • ‘The visor of his cap is pulled low over his brow, so that he tilts back his skull to see.’
    • ‘Elizabeth gave the visor of her youngest son's cap a firm knock even as she smiled.’
    • ‘It is a six-panel constructed mid-crown, 100% cotton twill front and visor with heavy garment wash.’
    • ‘‘When people see Tiger Woods and almost everyone else wearing visors and caps at the U.S. Open, that affects the business’ he observes.’
    • ‘He is the one with the visor beanie, and he's really hot, too, just like the rest of them, in a quiet, modest way that is radically different from his brother.’
    • ‘Add shades and a visor style hat and you have the perfect beach look with your hair being conditioned while you play.’
    • ‘I saw them in the mall at Zumiez the last time I went with Jules… A visor beanie, or something like that…’
    • ‘Black accessories now matched the other services, and a black trouser stripe, with gold chin strap and visor cap embroidery, identified officers.’
    • ‘The visor of his cap was pulled low, obscuring most of his face, but his upturned collar gave him away.’
    • ‘Her black hat, with a small visor in the front, wrapped around her bobbed purple-red hair.’
    • ‘I put on my brown bomber jacket and my white beanie with the visor on the front.’
    • ‘‘A lot of the kids tend to be wearing the visor beanies right now,’ says avid snowboarder and Plush manager, Aaron Long.’
    peak, visor, bill, projection, shield, shade
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    1. 1.1A movable part of a helmet that can be pulled down to cover the face.
      • ‘The troops will be equipped with modern flame-retardant suits, helmets and visors and special public order long batons and shields.’
      • ‘Tests showed the gadget, which riders attach to the inside of fixed visors on their helmets to act as sunglasses, only let through three per cent of light.’
      • ‘The court also heard that Sami would have had an impaired view of the road, either from spray on the visor of his crash helmet or from him taking his hand off the bike to clear it.’
      • ‘The Health Board is to write again to the GAA urging it to make the wearing of helmets with visors compulsory in hurling following the revelation that four eyes have been blinded due to hurling injuries in Waterford and Cork since June.’
      • ‘Then, as the people who had arrived to attend the meeting were gathering outside the venue, two men wearing helmets with visors covering their faces approached the crowd.’
      • ‘Most fortunately, the visor on my helmet was down and I suffered only a momentary loss of vision.’
      • ‘One by one, each knight closes the visor on his helmet.’
      • ‘Amanda wiped her sleeve across her face and adjusted her helmet visor, which she'd decided to wear for the special occasion.’
      • ‘With a grin behind his visor and helmet, he drifted toward her.’
      • ‘He was lucky to have the visor down on his helmet, as he could have been struck on his eye or his nose.’
      • ‘This person was wearing black clothing and had a dark-tinted visor on their helmet.’
      • ‘The helmet had a monochrome visor that covered the entire face, which made him feel as though he were in a dark closet.’
      • ‘Hayden pulled down the visor of his helmet as the sun rose higher.’
      • ‘Leading Firefighter Andy Hopkinson braved temperatures so high they melted helmet visors and smoke detectors.’
      • ‘Pulling the visor up on the helmet I repeated my previous statement and smacked him on the arm.’
      • ‘They all unsealed their helmets and opened their visors.’
      • ‘He was wearing a motorcycle helmet and had the visor pulled down in front of his face.’
      • ‘As I turned onto the nearly empty streets I opened the visor on my full-face helmet to help get some air.’
      • ‘From helmet, visors / sunglasses to raincoat, latex gloves or waterproof pants, vests and boots - we got to have them all or else you are going to travel cold, shivering and unable to focus.’
      • ‘One was the Winged Messenger of old, eight feet tall in a silvered suit and a helmet with a reflective visor and golden wings that covered his head and neck completely.’
    2. 1.2A screen for protecting the eyes from unwanted light, especially one at the top of a vehicle windshield.
      • ‘The soldier's visors automatically adjusted the light for them after a few moments.’
      • ‘Consider, for example, an automotive visor, It is a two-piece part (excluding the mounting hardware).’
      • ‘The Sweep is available in both road and mountain versions; the only difference is a tidy plastic visor stuck onto the front of the off-road model.’
      • ‘Light therapy is the recommended first-line treatment for SAD. Light boxes are most often used for light therapy, but dawn light simulation and light visors are also available.’
      • ‘The glass of the screen shattered as well as the visor.’
      • ‘A person could place his hand in an x-ray beam before a luminescent screen and view his own bones through a hooded visor.’
      • ‘This is why many pros wear sunglasses or visors / caps when playing, they know that the eyes rarely lie.’
      • ‘In another scene, bright light glints off the visors of scores of young-looking cops in full riot regalia shifting uneasily in the sun, as a dull rumble grows from somewhere offscreen.’
      • ‘If your doctor suggests that you try light therapy, you will use a special light box or a light visor that you wear on your head like a cap.’
      • ‘Then I added a few other odds and ins such as euro lights, window visors, floor mats, racing pedals, and headlight covers.’
      • ‘Instead of giving up books, she figured out that if she used a dental visor with a strong light and a magnifying glass, she could read for a few hours.’
      • ‘They placed the gel electrodes to their temples and the strobe visor in front of their eyes.’
      • ‘It clips to pockets, lapels, vehicle visors, gun cases - almost anywhere.’
      • ‘Others use light visors, sunglasses-like visors with small lights inside.’
      • ‘Light visors, which are worn like caps and provide patients with increased portability, are another available source of light therapy.’
      • ‘In her experiments she either stood face-to-face with them - protected by a plastic visor - or she used photos.’
      • ‘South-facing classrooms required solar protection and, to maintain daylighting, horizontal visors were designed to act as reflectors, bouncing light up on to the ceiling.’
      • ‘In hot weather, a visor is cooler than a cap, because it doesn't trap the heat.’
      • ‘When you are looking for a replacement part, be it a replacement visor or a clutch master cylinder, the array of available sources can be hard to sift through.’
      • ‘Vix activated her rearview screen in her visor and gasped as Troy held off a pair of fighters with bursts of chaingun and plasma cannon fire.’
    3. 1.3historical A mask.
      • ‘The young Spellweaver could barely make out his face, which was masked by a full visor.’
      disguise, veil, false face, domino, stocking mask, fancy dress
      face mask, protective mask, gas mask, oxygen mask, fencing mask, iron mask, ski mask, dust mask
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French viser, from Old French vis face from Latin visus (see visage).