the art of blazoning armorial bearings, of settling the rights of persons to bear arms or to use certain bearings, of tracing and recording genealogies, of recording honors, and of deciding questions of precedence.
the office or duty of a herald.
a heraldic device, or a collection of such devices.
a coat of arms; armorial bearings.
heraldic pomp or ceremony:
The coronation was marked by all the magnificence of heraldry.
"art of arms and armorial bearings," late 14c., heraldy, from Old French hiraudie "heralds collectively," from hiraut (see herald (n.)). The spelling with -r- is attested from 1570s (cf. poetry, pedantry).