armorial bearings


armorial bearings
/armoriyal beritjz/
In English law, a device depicted on the (now imaginary) shield of one of the nobility, of which gentry is the lowest degree. The criterion of nobility is the bearing of arms, or armorial bearings, received from ancestry.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • armorial bearings — plural noun The design in a coat of arms • • • Main Entry: ↑armour * * * armorial bearings, a coat or coats of arms; heraldic devices …   Useful english dictionary

  • Armorial bearings — Armorial Ar*mo ri*al, a. [F. armorial, fr. armoiries arms, coats of arms, for armoieries, fr. OF. armoier to paint arms, coats of arms, fr. armes, fr. L. arma. See {Arms}, {Armory}.] Belonging to armor, or to the heraldic arms or escutcheon of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • armorial bearings — /aˌmɔriəl ˈbɛərɪŋz/ (say ah.mawreeuhl bairringz) plural noun a coat of arms …   Australian English dictionary

  • Armorial — Ar*mo ri*al, a. [F. armorial, fr. armoiries arms, coats of arms, for armoieries, fr. OF. armoier to paint arms, coats of arms, fr. armes, fr. L. arma. See {Arms}, {Armory}.] Belonging to armor, or to the heraldic arms or escutcheon of a family.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • armorial ensign — ▪ heraldry       heraldic symbol carried on a flag or shield. The term is much misunderstood because of the popular use of ensign as a generic term for flag. A grant of arms or a matriculation (registration of armorial bearings) may in its text… …   Universalium

  • bearings — Synonyms and related words: abode, accommodation, achievement, adaptation, adjustment, alerion, alignment, animal charge, annulet, area, argent, armorial bearings, armory, arms, aspect, attitude, azimuth, azure, bandeau, bar, bar sinister, baton …   Moby Thesaurus

  • armorial —   a. pertaining to or bearing heraldic arms.    ♦ armorial bearings, coat of arms …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • armorial — /ahr mawr ee euhl, mohr /, adj. 1. of or pertaining to heraldry or heraldic bearings. 2. bearing a coat or coats of arms: a set of armorial china. n. 3. a book containing heraldic bearings and devices. [1570 80; ARMORY + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Armorial of Plantagenet — This is a list of the coats of arms known or believed to be borne by Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, and his descendants in the male line. Contents 1 Family chief 2 Heirs 3 cadets 3.1 House of Lancaster …   Wikipedia

  • armorial — /aˈmɔriəl / (say ah mawreeuhl) adjective 1. belonging to heraldry or to heraldic bearing. –noun 2. a book containing heraldic bearings and devices. {armor(y) + ial} …   Australian English dictionary


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