American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. heraldry 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Her.) 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.
- n. the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
“The crimson cloth over the large dining-table is very threadbare, though it contrasts pleasantly enough with the dead hue of the plaster on the walls; but on this cloth there is a massive silver waiter with a decanter of water on it, of the same pattern as two larger ones that are propped up on the sideboard with a coat of arms conspicuous in their centre.”
“She knew the Cynster motto, To have and to hold, well enough, recognized it and their coat of arms in various forms — on cushions, on a carved panel, in a pane of stained glass.”
“It looked like a coat of arms in eighteen-karat gold, but there was nothing engraved on it except the date 1906 on the back.”
“So favourable was the impression made on the king by Frank's execution of the royal Bavarian coat of arms that the monarch not only paid him generously, but turned over to him for factory purposes the building called the Zwinger, in Nuremberg.”
“A Swiss émigré artist, Pierre-Eugène du Simitière, was invited to contribute his own suggestions and came up with a democratic coat of arms that combined the emblems of various nations—Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, and France—from which the American immigrants had come.”
“In England, Arnold revived his family coat of arms with its lion crest, but in place of the old motto, “My Glory is on high,” he chose (from an ode of Horace), “Nil desperandum” (“Never despair”).”
“In 1599, we find a coat of arms granted to John Shakespeare, by the Herald's College, in London.”
“EVIDENTLY that gate is never opened, for the long grass and the great hemlocks grow close against it, and if it were opened, it is so rusty that the force necessary to turn it on its hinges would be likely to pull down the square stone-built pillars, to the detriment of the two stone lionesses which grin with a doubtful carnivorous affability above a coat of arms surmounting each of the pillars.”
“Clapp introduced an Ordinance to provide a coat of arms and a flag for the State of Mississippi, which was read the first and second time under a suspension of the rule.”
“At ten oclock, I drove through M&Cs grand gates where the motto of the English founders, Far and Sure, is still visible on the coat of arms and checked in with Doris, who had the shadow over her on that morning, and who made me feel as welcome as a hemorrhoid.”
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