American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bearer of armor for a knight; a squire.
- n. A person entitled to bear heraldic arms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An armor-bearer to a knight; a squire; the second in rank of the aspirants to chivalry or knighthood.
- n. One who has a right to armorial bearings: formerly used after the proper name by a person possessing such right, but no higher title: thus, “John Bolton, armiger,” is nearly equivalent to “John Bolton, gentleman.” In Shakspere, armigero.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Formerly, an armor bearer, as of a knight, an esquire who bore his shield and rendered other services. In later use, one next in degree to a knight, and entitled to armorial bearings. The term is now superseded by
- n. a squire carrying the armor of a knight
- n. a nobleman entitled to bear heraldic arms
- From Latin armiger ("carrying weapons or armour"). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin, from Latin, arms-bearing : arma, arms; see arm2 + gerere, to carry. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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