coat of arms definition

  • noun:
    • Heraldry A tabard or surcoat blazoned with bearings.
    • An arrangement of bearings, typically portrayed on and around a shield, that shows ancestry and distinctions.
    • A representation of bearings.
    • hereditary styles and symbols depicted on an escutcheon, occasionally combined with other aspects of a heraldic accomplishment, such as for instance a helm, crest, crest coronet, torse, mantling and supporters; explained by a blazon
    • a translation regarding the French cotte d'armes, a garment of light material worn across armor within the fifteenth and 16th hundreds of years. This was usually charged with the heraldic bearings associated with the user. Ergo, an heraldic accomplishment; the bearings of every individual, taken collectively.
    • the official signs of a family, condition, etc.

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