Definition of basinet in English:


Syllabification: bas·i·net
Pronunciation: /ˌbasəˈnet
(also bascinet)


  • A medieval helmet of light steel, fitting close to the wearer’s head and typically having a visor.
    More example sentences
    • The great helm persisted but was giving way to the head-hugging bascinet, which sometimes had a visor.
    • He wore a helmet of the kind that is called a basinet, with eye slits, and chain armour.
    • As an additional head protection, but occasionally worn alone beneath the mail coif, a metal skullcap called a basinet was developed.


Middle English: from Old French bacinet 'little basin'.

More definitions of basinet

Definition of basinet in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space