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heraldry

[her-uh l-dree] /ˈhɛr əl dri/
noun, plural heraldries.
1.
the science of armorial bearings.
2.
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.
3.
the office or duty of a herald.
4.
a heraldic device, or a collection of such devices.
5.
a coat of arms; armorial bearings.
6.
heraldic symbolism.
7.
heraldic pomp or ceremony:
The coronation was marked by all the magnificence of heraldry.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See herald, -ry
Related forms
heraldist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heraldry

heraldry

/ˈhɛrəldrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
the occupation or study concerned with the classification of armorial bearings, the allocation of rights to bear arms, the tracing of genealogies, etc
2.
the duties and pursuit of a herald
3.
armorial bearings, insignia, devices, etc
4.
heraldic symbols or symbolism
5.
the show and ceremony of heraldry
Derived Forms
heraldist, noun
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Word Origin and History for heraldry
n.

"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).

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