Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

coat of arms

a surcoat or tabard embroidered with heraldic devices, worn by medieval knights over their armor.
a heraldic achievement of arms.
Origin of coat of arms
1325-75; Middle English; parallel to French cotte d'armes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for coat-of-arms
Historical Examples
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for coat-of-arms

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for coat of arms

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for coat

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for coat-of-arms