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

  • adj. Heraldry Indented along the edge with small curves.
  • adj. Having an edge or a margin formed by a series of raised dots: engrailed silver coins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having an edge or border indented with semicircles with points outwards. Usually the saltire and the dexter edge of the border of the shield both have cuts along their entire length the shape of crescent moons.
  • n. A European moth, Ectropis crepuscularia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Indented with small concave curves, as the edge of a bordure, bend, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, cut into concave semicircular indents: said of a line and also of the bearing, such as a fesse, bordure, or the like, whose edge is broken in this way: as, a bordure engrailed. Also engreslé.


Middle English engreled, from Old French engresle, past participle of engresler, to engrail : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + gresle, slender, tapered (from Latin gracilis).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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