Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Heraldry A border around a shield.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A contrasting border round a shield

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A border one fifth the width of the shield, surrounding the field. It is usually plain, but may be charged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete or archaic form of border, retained in heraldry.

Etymologies

Middle English; see border.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We cud jsut sit there – meowing pitifullee at the bordure!

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  • Pour remédier à cet inconvénient, il faut parfumer la bordure avec le musc, ou l'eau de fleur d'orange; ou bien encore mêler quelque huile essentielle aromatique comme de citron, de cannelle, de lavande, &c. avec l'essence de térébentine, …

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  • And the principalle zates of his palays ben of precious ston, that men clepen sardoyne: and the bordure and the barres ben of ivorye: and the wyndowes of the halles and chambres ben of cristalle: and the tables where on men eten, somme ben of emeraudes, summe of amatyst and summe of gold, fulle of precious stones; and the pileres, that beren up the tables, ben of the same precious stones.

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  • SENE, M. (1988): Le travail la dent en traction bovine pour une meilleure infiltration des eaux des premires pluies sur sols grvillonnaires en bordure de plateaux: C.R. de Kaymor.

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  • Air made a thin bordure to its shield, shading from blue to purple to the winter sky of space.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

  • Perhaps A.R.X. can also say whether the arms properly borne by the Muirtown branch are those given to them in Burke's _Armory_, viz.Gu. three crescents interlaced or, between as many wolves 'heads erased arg. armed and langued az., all within a bordure of the third, charged with eight mullets of the first.

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  • The double-headed eagle, the bordure bizantée, and the demilion charged with bezants, are all evident derivations from the armorial bearings of Richard, titular king of the Romans, Earl of

    Notes and Queries, Number 15, February 9, 1850

  • The arms are, argent, an eagle displayed with two heads within a bordure sable bezanty.

    Notes and Queries, Number 13, January 26, 1850

  • Giano della Bella, of one of the families thus distinguished, who no longer retained his place among the nobility, and had yet added to his arms a bordure or.

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  • The arms are those of the foundress; the shield, France (ancient) and England quarterly, was the royal shield of the period; the bordure, gobonny argent and azure (the argent in the upper dexter compartment), was the "difference" of the

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