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[ahr-mi-jer] /ˈɑr mɪ dʒər/
a person entitled to armorial bearings.
an armorbearer to a knight; a squire.
Origin of armiger
1755-65; < Medieval Latin: squire, Latin: armorbearer (noun), armorbearing (adj.), equivalent to armi- (combining form of arma arm2) + -ger bearing, base of gerere to carry, wear
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[ahr-mij-er-uh l] /ɑrˈmɪdʒ ər əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • It would have saved me from playing the fool before myself and giving myself away to armiger, and letting him give himself away.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • Glennard turned to the bell, but Mrs. armiger pursued him with her lovely amazement.

    The Touchstone Edith Wharton
  • Joyce, and Mr. armiger, and my father and mother with me, where they stand till I was weary of their company and so away.

  • Mrs. armiger met him more than half-way on a torrent of self-accusal.

    The Touchstone Edith Wharton
  • Hétfalusy questioned Dudoky's gentility, and the latter could not make good his claim to be regarded as an armiger.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • armiger says there has been some increase of the sales, which I can attribute to my story if I have the cheek.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • armiger will find a letter addressed to him at the Publisher's.

  • armiger asked me if I had ever heard anything more from that girl.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • He was awfully severe with them for their foolishness, and said they must write to armiger at once and confess the fact.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • On his burly sword-arm, each intrepid champion wore an "armiger," or ribbon of his colour.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for armiger


a person entitled to bear heraldic arms, such as a sovereign or nobleman
a squire carrying the armour of a medieval knight
Derived Forms
armigerous (ɑːˈmɪdʒərəs) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin: squire, from Latin: armour-bearer, from arma arms + gerere to carry, bear
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