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BASNET, n. A steel head-piece, a helmet. Arch. Sc. [1820] Scott The Monastery (1867) xxxvi.:
“So, youngster,” said he, looking at Glendinning, and seeing his military dress, “thou hast ta'en the basnet at last?”
Fif. 1881 C. Gulland Sc. Ballads 65:
His basnet and habergeon shone, As they had been of silver bricht.

[O.Sc. basinet, basonet, basnet, etc.; recorded 14th cent. but long obs. till revived by Scott. A dim. of basin, O.Fr. bacinet. Cf. Mod.Eng. bowler hat and Ger. kessel-hut, kettle hat.]

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