Heralds' College
Herald Her"ald, n. [OE. herald, heraud, OF. heralt, heraut, herault, F. h['e]raut, LL. heraldus, haraldus, fr. (assumed) OHG. heriwalto, hariwaldo, a (civil) officer who serves the army; hari, heri, army + waltan to manage, govern, G. walten; akin to E. wield. See {Harry}, {Wield}.] 1. (Antiq.) An officer whose business was to denounce or proclaim war, to challenge to battle, to proclaim peace, and to bear messages from the commander of an army. He was invested with a sacred and inviolable character. [1913 Webster]

2. In the Middle Ages, the officer charged with the above duties, and also with the care of genealogies, of the rights and privileges of noble families, and especially of armorial bearings. In modern times, some vestiges of this office remain, especially in England. See {Heralds' College} (below), and {King-at-Arms}. [1913 Webster]

3. A proclaimer; one who, or that which, publishes or announces; as, the herald of another's fame. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A forerunner; a a precursor; a harbinger. [1913 Webster]

It was the lark, the herald of the morn. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Any messenger. ``My herald is returned.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Heralds' College}, in England, an ancient corporation, dependent upon the crown, instituted or perhaps recognized by Richard III. in 1483, consisting of the three Kings-at-Arms and the Chester, Lancaster, Richmond, Somerset, Windsor, and York Heralds, together with the Earl Marshal. This retains from the Middle Ages the charge of the armorial bearings of persons privileged to bear them, as well as of genealogies and kindred subjects; -- called also {College of Arms}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Heralds' College — In England, an ancient royal corporation, first instituted by Richard III, in 1483. It comprised three kings of arms, six heralds, and four marshals or pursuivants of arms, together with the earl marshal and a secretary. The heralds books,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Heralds' College — In England, an ancient royal corporation, first instituted by Richard III, in 1483. It comprised three kings of arms, six heralds, and four marshals or pursuivants of arms, together with the earl marshal and a secretary. The heralds books,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Heralds' College — a royal corporation in England, instituted in 1483, concerned chiefly with armorial bearings, genealogies, honors, and precedence. Also called College of Arms. * * * …   Universalium

  • Heralds' College — /ˌhɛrəldz ˈkɒlədʒ/ (say .heruhldz koluhj) noun → College of Arms …   Australian English dictionary

  • heralds' college — noun Usage: capitalized H&C : college of arms …   Useful english dictionary

  • Heralds' College — A corporation chartered by the king (Richard the Third) in 1483, for the purpose of tracing and preserving the records of heraldry …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Heralds, College of — See Arms, College of …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • College of Arms — Type Corporate body Founded 1484 (London) reincorporated 1555[1] …   Wikipedia

  • College of Arms — n. HERALDS COLLEGE * * * (also the College of Heralds) an organization in London that is responsible for giving coats of arms to families and institutions in England and Wales. It was formed in the 15th century and its head is the Earl Marshal,… …   Universalium

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