American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The profession, study, or art of devising, granting, and blazoning arms, tracing genealogies, and determining and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms.
- n. A branch of knowledge dealing with the history and description in proper terms of armorial bearings and their accessories.
- n. Armorial ensigns or similar insignia.
- n. Pomp and ceremony, especially attended with armorial trappings; pageantry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or duty of a herald; specifically, the art and science of genealogy and precedence; the science of honorary distinctions, and especially of armorial bearings. In modern times heraldry is reduced to the department of armorial delineation, blazonry, and the right of certain persons to certain bearings, except when, as in England, it has to do with marshaling processions, and with the rare ceremonies at which heraldic proclamations are made.
- n. A heraldic emblazonment; a coat of arms.
- n. Heraldic symbolism.
- n. Pomp; ceremony.
- n. uncountable The profession or art of devising, granting and blazoning coats of arms, tracing genealogies and ruling on questions of protocol or rank
- n. countable An armorial ensign along with its history and description
- n. uncountable Pageantry
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The art or office of a herald; the art, practice, or science of recording genealogies, and blazoning arms or ensigns armorial; also, of marshaling cavalcades, processions, and public ceremonies.
- n. A coat of arms or some other heraldic device or collection of heraldic symbols.
- n. emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms
- n. the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
“This is one of those passages for which the editor of that review has merited an abatement in heraldry, no such writing ever having been written; and indeed, by other like assertions of equal veracity, the gentleman has richly entitled himself to bear a gore sinister tenne in his escutcheon.”
“More trivia: in heraldry, a vertical stripe on a flag is called a "pale" (the French tricolour is made up of three pales, for example).”
“The auriferata (which is made of cloth of gold or of thin gold plates, and is not jewelled) is the one always used in English heraldry for an Anglican bishop or archbishop.”
“As a matter of fact the six-pointed star was not adopted because of its use in English heraldry, while in Holland and”
“gagliarda' by Villani, that these groups of piles, pales, bends, and bars, were called in English heraldry 'Restrial bearings,'"in respect of their strength and solid substance, which is able to abide the stresse and force of any triall they shall be put unto.”
“Properly speaking, in heraldry, the Battle Flag was a darkish blue Cross of St. Andrew set in a red field with 13 stars inside the cross (actually, this isn’t proper heraldic terminology, but that’s neither an academic speciality nor personal interest of mine).”
“Well, one of the very first things you learn about heraldry, is that it’s not a specific image that is linked to a particular person.”
“Alfred plans to purchase pink PP-5 pellets, wrap them in Dutch heraldry:”
“Thus it is difficult to prove that the heraldry is the origin of totemism, which is just as likely, or more likely, to have been the origin of savage heraldic crests and quarterings.”
“She may be of far less importance in the great world of society than some Mrs. Smith, who, having nothing else, is set down as of the highest rank in that unpublished but well-known book of heraldry which is so thoroughly understood in America as a tradition.”
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