king-of-arms

king-of-arms

[king-uhv-ahrmz]
noun, plural kings-of-arms.
a title of certain of the principal heralds of England and certain other kingdoms empowered by their sovereigns to grant armorial bearings.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English king of armes. See king, arm2

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king-of-arms
 
n , pl kings-of-arms
1.  the highest rank of heraldic officer, itself divided into the ranks of Garter, Clarenceaux, and Norroy and Ulster. In Scotland the first is Lyon
2.  a person holding this rank

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