Definitions

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

  • n. Heraldry The color red, indicated on a blazon by vertical lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The blazoning term for red, e.g. on a coat of arms, typically represented in engraving by vertical parallel lines.
  • adj. In blazon, of the colour red.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The tincture red, indicated in seals and engraved figures of escutcheons by parallel vertical lines. Hence, used poetically for a red color or that which is red.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In heraldry, the tincture red: in representations without color, as in drawing or engraving, it is indicated by vertical lines drawn close together.

Etymologies

Middle English goules, from Old French, red fur neckpiece, pl. of gole, throat, from Latin gula.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French geule ("animal’s mouth, throat") via Middle French geules. Compare with French gueules and Spanish gules. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The scribe uses non-standard language to indicate the colors normally, they would be azure, or, and gules, but what he is describing is a sapphire-blue shield cut diagonally by a yellow-topaz band, over which the ruby-red fencepost-like design has been laid.

    Carolyn Vega: An Elizabethan Armorial

  • To honor his Mother, Prince William has added a red scallop shell "escallop gules", prominent in the Spencer ancestors' coats of arms.

    Margie Goldsmith: Royal Wedding Fever - Bespoke Style

  • It's like being a medieval knight, but instead of having rampant gules and lion resplendent, you have green for Tehran awareness on a background of gray for Aphasia and Brown for Anti-Tobacco.

    December is Enough Awareness Month

  • “Show him a coat and let him blazon it his own way,” said the Duke; “and if he fails, I promise him that his back shall be gules, azure, and sable.”

    Quentin Durward

  • The coolest flag, as seen through the eyes of a third grade boy: definitely Mozambique, on which we see an AK-47 vying with a hoe atop a chagrined and retiring book or in heraldic terms, AK-47 rampant with hoe per saltire a gules.

    Rambles at starchamber.com » Blog Archive » Flags of all nations

  • We bear an eagle or, on a field sable, with a silver crown, beak and claws gules, and a fine motto: NON CECIDIT ANIMUS.

    The Magic Skin

  • Lucien went on, “that I now bear gules, a bull raging argent on a meadow vert.”

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • The ducal house bears gules, three broad axes or in fess, with the famous motto: Caveo non timeo, which epitomizes the history of the family.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • The three mullets on a gules wavy reversed, surmounted by the sinople couchant Or; the well-known cognizance of the house, blazed in gorgeous heraldry on

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • Yes, there they were: argent, a bend gules, with four escallops of the field, — the ancient coat of my house.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

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