Definitions

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  • n. A helmet, usually made from rigid plastic, used on construction sites to protect the head from falling objects.

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  • n. a worker skilled in building offices or dwellings etc.
  • n. a lightweight protective helmet (plastic or metal) worn by construction workers

Etymologies

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Examples

  • LeFleur's breathing rasped deep in his chest, the cords of his neck distended and the flesh between the rim of his hard hat and his collar was a deep red.

    Firestorm

  • Anna, wearing the yellow pack and hard hat required on the fireline, carried the jump kit.

    Firestorm

  • Cigarette dangling from his lips, Lester Treadwell stomped around muttering, his grizzled hair sticking out from beneath his hard hat where he'd pushed it back on his bony skull in a frenzy of thinking.

    Firestorm

  • Lindstrom propped his head against his hard hat and folded his arms across his chest.

    Firestorm

  • Suits had had Josh Haddon set the helicopter down there half an hour before, then made me don a hard hat and dragged me along a pier to Berth Three, where the office said Farley could be found conferring with one of his longshoremen.

    Till the Butchers Cut Him Down

  • There wasn't a uniform among 'em, but they were far too official to be anything but police or government; one, a brisk, bearded chap in a hard hat who seemed to be the leader, was barking orders - and, bigod, he was another haggis-fancier; no getting away from the brutes, wherever you go.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • A convulsive clutch cracked her hard hat against Lindstrom's as he jerked her to him.

    Firestorm

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  • I associate them with mines, but that's probably because I come from a mining town. So actually, when I think hard hat I think of the ridiculously heavy ones with the light on top. They don't have straps.

    March 1, 2009

  • What rolig said. I associate hard hats with construction sites; they have a specific shape, and are generally either yellow or white. But they do come with a strap, generally speaking.

    March 1, 2009

  • It's completely arbitrary, but personally, I think of helmets as having a strap, whereas hard hats just sit on the head.

    March 1, 2009

  • Thank you, rolig!

    February 28, 2009

  • "Helmet" has military connotations. "Hard hat" primarily means the headgear worn by construction workers as protection from things falling on them from above. Why did "hard hat" evolve in this context instead of "helmet", since they both mean essentially the same thing: "hard headgear worn as protection"? I suppose it's because workers used to always wear a kind of hat (e.g. to keep dust out of their hair), but in certain areas where there was a chance of things falling from above, they were required to exchange their soft-material hat for a hard hat. People didn't think of calling it a "helmet" because helmets were associated with military combat and sports (another kind of combat), areas very different from labor.

    February 28, 2009

  • Why can't people just say helmet?

    February 28, 2009