1. Heraldry. a.
a charge in the form of a narrow band following the form of the escutcheon within the edge, so that the extreme outer edge of the escutcheon is of the field tincture.
an arrangement in orle of small charges: azure, an orle of bezants.
Armor. a thick roll of cloth or leather on a helmet forming a base for an ornamental crest.
3. Also called orlet /ɔrˈleɪ/ [awr-ley] Show IPA , orlo. Architecture. a.
a border, as one formed by a fillet.
a fillet at the upper end of the shaft of a column. Compare cincture ( def 3 )
a fillet between two flutes of a column.
1565–75; < Middle French: border, edge < Vulgar Latin *ōrulus, diminutive of Latin ōra border