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

  • n. Heraldry A tabard or surcoat blazoned with bearings.
  • n. An arrangement of bearings, usually depicted on and around a shield, that indicates ancestry and distinctions.
  • n. A representation of bearings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. hereditary designs and symbols depicted on an escutcheon, sometimes accompanied by other elements of a heraldic achievement, such as a helm, crest, crest coronet, torse, mantling and supporters; described by a blazon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a translation of the French cotte d'armes, a garment of light material worn over the armor in the 15th and 16th centuries. This was often charged with the heraldic bearings of the wearer. Hence, an heraldic achievement; the bearings of any person, taken together.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the official symbols of a family, state, etc.

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