king of arms
Date: 15th century an officer of arms of the highest rank

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  • King of Arms — is the senior rank of an officer of arms. In many heraldic traditions, only a king of arms has the authority to grant armorial bearings. In other traditions, the power has been delegated to other officers of similar rank.Heraldic dutiesIn England …   Wikipedia

  • King-of-arms — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king of arms — king′ of arms′ n. pl. kings of arms her the highest ranking officer of arms of a government • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • king-of-arms — [kiŋ′əv ärmz′] n. in Great Britain, any of the chief officers who decide questions of heraldry …   English World dictionary

  • King of Arms — Wappenkönig Sir Alfred Scott Scott Gatty. Er trägt den Wappenrock des Garter Principal King of Arms, in der Hand hält er den Heroldsstab. Karikatur aus der Zeitschrift Vanity Fair, 1904. Ein Wappenkönig ist der oberste Herold seines… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • king-of-arms — /king euhv ahrmz /, n., pl. kings of arms. a title of certain of the principal heralds of England and certain other kingdoms empowered by their sovereigns to grant armorial bearings. [1400 50; late ME king of armes. See KING, ARM2] * * * …   Universalium

  • king-of-arms — /king euhv ahrmz /, n., pl. kings of arms. a title of certain of the principal heralds of England and certain other kingdoms empowered by their sovereigns to grant armorial bearings. [1400 50; late ME king of armes. See KING, ARM2] …   Useful english dictionary

  • king of arms — Usage: often capitalized K&A Etymology: Middle English kings of armes : an officer of arms of the highest rank : a principal herald called also king at arms …   Useful english dictionary

  • King of Arms — The herald generally considered to be in charge of ceremony in both court and in war. Heralds first arose as followers of the tournament, so it was a natural development that they grow into the role of ‘stage manager’ for the elaborate festivals… …   Medieval glossary

  • king of arms — chief herald (British usage) …   English contemporary dictionary

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