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king-of-arms

[king-uh v-ahrmz] /ˈkɪŋ əvˈɑrmz/
noun, plural kings-of-arms.
1.
a title of certain of the principal heralds of England and certain other kingdoms empowered by their sovereigns to grant armorial bearings.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English king of armes. See king, arm2
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king-of-arms

noun (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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