American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to heralds or heraldry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to heralds or heraldry, and especially to that branch of heraldry which deals with armorial bearings: as, a heraldic lion; the heraldic representation of birds, beasts, etc.; heraldic blazonry.
- In herpetology, giving warning; monitory, as a lizard: as, the heraldic varan, Varanus or Monitor heraldicus, of India.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to heralds or heraldry
- adj. indicative of or announcing something to come
- adj. of or relating to heraldry
- herald + -ic (Wiktionary)
“In our own treatment of the Lions of Heraldry, whatever their attitude or tincture, whatever also the position they may occupy or the heraldic duty they may discharge, we are always to draw and to blazon them as true _heraldic Lions_, while, at the same time, in their expression and general characteristics they are to be _genuine Lions_.”
“He was perhaps at his best in heraldic drawings, as many a coat and many a delightful book-plate testify ...”
“WHEREAS the Director of Central Intelligence has caused to be made and has recommended that I approve a seal of office for the Central Intelligence Agency the design of which accompanies and is hereby made a part of this order, and which is described in heraldic terms as follows:”
“WHEREAS the Secretary of the Air Force has caused to be made and has recommended that I approve a seal the design of which accompanies and is hereby made a part of this order, and which is described in heraldic terms as follows:”
“Its unique decorative character has been aptly described as heraldic, "The Power of America rising from the Sea.”
“_ Depicted by early Heralds in a conventional manner, but now generally rendered more naturally, the earlier type being termed the heraldic antelope.”
“Europe, that their business was considered as one of great honor, and that they were permitted to assume what may be called heraldic devices on their standards, to carry bright-feathered plumes, and to wear gold ornaments -- such decorations being only allowed to warriors who had, by their deeds in battle, been admitted into an institution which closely resembled that of knighthood; all others dressing in plain white cloths, woven from thread obtained from the aloe.”
“It is all the same in the end what kind of heraldic figures are represented on it, if they only indicate what is meant.”
“Strangest of all of them is a many-tinted and puzzling waxen symbol which sums up all the internal organs of the abdomen in one bold effort of artistic condensation; a kind of heraldic, materialized stomache-ache.”
“Many designs are found on ancient tiles, such as heraldic devices, monograms, sacred symbols with texts, architectural designs, figures, and patterns.”
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