noun, plural heraldries.
the science of armorial bearings.
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 symbolism.
heraldic pomp or ceremony: The coronation was marked by all the magnificence of heraldry.

1350–1400; Middle English. See herald, -ry

heraldist, noun
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heraldry (ˈhɛrəldrɪ)
n , 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

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They're back, and yellow ribbons are their heraldry.
To him who can decipher it, heraldry is an algebra, a complete language.
So as there is a kind of contemplative heraldry, as well as civil.
Father retired some years ago to devote his days to genealogical research and
  quaint questions of heraldry.
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