from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A tabard or surcoat blazoned with bearings.
- noun An arrangement of bearings, usually depicted on and around a shield, that indicates ancestry and distinctions.
- noun A representation of bearings.
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- noun heraldry
hereditary designsand symbolsdepicted on an escutcheon, sometimes accompanied by other elements of a heraldic achievement, such as a helm, crest, crest coronet, torse, mantlingand supporters; described by a blazon
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- noun the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
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