heraldry
noun (plural -ries) Date: 1572 1. the practice of devising, blazoning, and granting armorial insignia and of tracing and recording genealogies 2. an armorial ensign; broadly insignia 3. pageantry

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  • Heraldry — Her ald*ry, n. 1. The art or office of a herald; the art, practice, or science of recording genealogies, and blazoning arms or ensigns armorial; also, of marshaling cavalcades, processions, and public ceremonies. [1913 Webster] 2. A coat of arms… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heraldry — art of arms and armorial bearings, late 14c., heraldy, from O.Fr. hiraudie heralds collectively, from hiraut (see HERALD (Cf. herald) (n.)). The spelling with r is attested from 1570s (Cf. poetry, pedantry) …   Etymology dictionary

  • heraldry — ► NOUN 1) the system by which coats of arms and other armorial bearings are devised, described, and regulated. 2) armorial bearings or other heraldic symbols. DERIVATIVES heraldist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • heraldry — [her′əl drē] n. pl. heraldries [< HERALD] 1. the art or science having to do with coats of arms, genealogies, etc. 2. the function of a HERALD (sense 2) 3. a) a coat of arms or heraldic device …   English World dictionary

  • Heraldry — The German Hyghalmen Roll was made in the late fifteenth century and illustrates the German practice of repeating themes from the arms in the crest. (See Roll of arms) Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning …   Wikipedia

  • heraldry — heraldist, n. /her euhl dree/, n., pl. heraldries. 1. the science of armorial bearings. 2. the art of blazoning armorial bearings, of settling the rights of persons to bear arms or to use certain bearings, of tracing and recording genealogies, of …   Universalium

  • HERALDRY — Seventeenth century writers on heraldry claimed that the origins of coats of arms could be found in Numbers 2:2: The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron saying The Israelites shall camp each with his standard under the banners of their ancestral house …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • heraldry — noun a) The profession or art of devising, granting and blazoning coats of arms, tracing genealogies and ruling on questions of protocol or rank Rouge Dragon Pursuivant is a specialist in heraldry at the College of Arms …   Wiktionary

  • heraldry — [[t]he̱rəldri[/t]] N UNCOUNT Heraldry is the study of coats of arms and of the history of the families who are entitled to have them …   English dictionary

  • heraldry — n 1. blazonry, emblazonry. 2. coat of arms, Heraldry. arms, escutcheon, scutcheon, Brit. hatchment; symbol, design, emblazonment, ensign, emblem; crest, badge, insignia, regalia, regale, device. 3. pomp, circumstance, pageantry, ceremony, Inf. to …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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