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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


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