Martlet Mart"let, n. [F. martinet. See {Martin} the bird, and cf. {Martinet} a disciplinarian.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The European house martin. [1913 Webster]

2. [Cf. F. merlette.] (Her.) A bird without beak or feet; -- generally assumed to represent a martin. As a mark of cadency it denotes the fourth son. [1913 Webster]

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  • martlet — /mahrt lit/, n. 1. Brit. Dial. a house martin. 2. Heraldry. a representation of a swallow close and without legs, used esp. as the cadency mark of a fourth son. [1530 40; < MF martelet, var. of martinet; see MARTIN, ET] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Martlet — 1 [martinet]. Indiscriminately a swallow, swift or (house) martin. Cf. next 2) Her. A bird without legs or feet, used as a *charge; the *cadency of a fourth son. This notional bird is shown without feet or legs because the swift and swallow were… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • martlet — [ mα:tlɪt] noun Heraldry a bird similar to a swallow but without feet, borne as a charge or a mark of cadency for a fourth son. Origin ME (denoting a swift): from OFr. merlet, influenced by martinet (see martin) …   English new terms dictionary

  • martlet — mart·let …   English syllables

  • martlet — mart•let [[t]ˈmɑrt lɪt[/t]] n. orn brit. a martin, esp. the European house martin Delichon urbica[/ex] • Etymology: 1530–40; < MF martelet, alter. of martinet …   From formal English to slang

  • martlet — /ˈmatlət/ (say mahtluht) noun 1. → house martin. 2. Heraldry a representation of a swallow without legs, used especially as the fourth son s mark of status. {French martelet, variant of martinet, diminutive of martin martin} …   Australian English dictionary

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