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coat of arms

a surcoat or tabard embroidered with heraldic devices, worn by medieval knights over their armor.
a heraldic achievement of arms.
1325-75; Middle English; parallel to French cotte d'armes Unabridged
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  • The king awarded him a coat of arms embellished with two cinnamon sticks, three nutmegs and twelve cloves.
British Dictionary definitions for coat of arms

coat of arms

the heraldic bearings of a person, family, or corporation
a surcoat decorated with family or personal bearings
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Word Origin and History for coat of arms

mid-14c., originally a tunic embroidered with heraldic arms (worn over armor, etc); see from coat (n.) + arm (n.2) and cf. Old French cote a armer. Sense transferred to the heraldic arms themselves by 1560s. Hence turncoat, one who put his coat on inside-out to hide the badge of his loyalty.

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