A light helmet with an outward curve extending over the back of the neck, worn as part of medieval armour.
- 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.
- 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.
Late Middle English: from French salade, based on Latin caelare 'engrave' (from caelum 'chisel').
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: sal¦let
Definition of sallet in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.