General English


  • (written as Visor)
    A popular PDA.


  • noun a movable shield attached to a helmet, which is designed to protect the face while allowing the wearer to see

Media Studies

  • abbreviation forViolent and Sex Offenders Register
    (written as ViSOR)

Origin & History of “visor”

A visor is etymologically something that covers the ‘face’. The word was borrowed from Anglo-Norman viser, a derivative of Old French vis ‘face’. this in turn was descended from Latin vīsus ‘sight, appearance’ (a noun use of the past participle of vidēre ‘see’, source of English vision, visit, etc), which in post-classical times was used for ‘face’. Another derivative of Old French vis was visage ‘face’, from which English got visage (13th c.).