Definition of sallet in English:


Line breaks: sal¦let
Pronunciation: /ˈsalɪt


  • A light helmet with an outward curve extending over the back of the neck, worn as part of medieval armour.
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    • 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').

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