a globular or pointed helmet of the 14th century, often provided with a visor or aventail: evolved from the cervellière.
Compare great basinet.
a supplementary cap that is worn underneath a helm, as an arming cap.
Historical Examples

But in the latter half of the 13th century the basinet was developed into a complete war head-dress and replaced the heaume.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 Various

His helmet is a basinet, pointed at the top, probably worn over a complete hood of mail flowing to the mid-breast.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6 Various

The first bed is usually a basinet—a wicker basket with high sides—with or without a hood.
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

The basinet was open at the face or had a movable face-piece (visor or ventaille).
A Handbook of Pictorial History Henry W. Donald

And yet I would wager my basinet to a prentice’s flat cap that it is not, for a moment, to be compared to Acre.’
The Boy Crusaders John G. Edgar

Then an ax, swung blindly in the dark, crashed on the king’s basinet, filling his eyes with sparks of fire.
The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard

The clangor of steel rose deafeningly, and sparks flew as Conan’s sword crashed on basinet and hauberk.
The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard

The pillow or mattress may be turned or perhaps the mattress be raised nearer the edge of the basinet.
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

The basinet, then, is the battle head-dress of nobles, knights and sergeants in the 14th century.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2 Various

Like the basinet it was worn in a simple form by archers and pikemen and in a more elaborate form by the knights and men-at-arms.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2 Various

a close-fitting medieval helmet of light steel usually with a visor


Read Also:

  • Basing

    the bottom support of anything; that on which a thing stands or rests: a metal base for the table. a fundamental principle or groundwork; foundation; basis: the base of needed reforms. the bottom layer or coating, as of makeup or paint. Architecture. the distinctively treated portion of a column or pier below the shaft or […]

  • Basing point

    a geographical location from which freight charges are computed by the seller regardless of the point from which the goods are shipped. Historical Examples Analyzing these several grounds of defence, a distinction should be made at the start between three varieties of basing point. Railroads: Rates and Regulations William Z. Ripley Contrast between the basing […]

  • Basingstoke

    a city in Hampshire, S central England. Historical Examples Besides, what was the use of remaining at Basingstoke, when he did not even know his own destination? Her Ladyship’s Elephant David Dwight Wells “Well, if you refuse to let me go to Basingstoke——” began the bride. Her Ladyship’s Elephant David Dwight Wells The light of […]

  • Basinlike

    a circular container with a greater width than depth, becoming smaller toward the bottom, used chiefly to hold water or other liquid, especially for washing. any container of similar shape, as the pan of a balance. the quantity held by such a container: We need another basin of water to dilute the mixture. a natural […]

Disclaimer: Basinet definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.