Definitions for heraldryˈhɛr əl dri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

her•ald•ryˈhɛr əl dri(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. the study of armorial bearings.

    Category: Heraldry

  2. the practice of blazoning and granting armorial bearings, tracing and recording genealogies, recording honors, and deciding precedence.

    Category: Heraldry

  3. a heraldic device or devices.

    Category: Heraldry

  4. ceremonial splendor.

    Category: Heraldry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heraldry(noun)

    the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies

  2. heraldry(noun)

    emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms


  1. heraldry(Noun)

    The profession or art of devising, granting and blazoning coats of arms, tracing genealogies and ruling on questions of protocol or rank

    Rouge Dragon Pursuivant is a specialist in heraldry at the College of Arms.

  2. heraldry(Noun)

    An armorial ensign along with its history and description

  3. heraldry(Noun)


    Onlookers were impressed by the rich and colorful heraldry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heraldry(noun)

    the art or office of a herald; the art, practice, or science of recording genealogies, and blazoning arms or ensigns armorial; also, of marshaling cavalcades, processions, and public ceremonies


  1. Heraldry

    Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. Heraldry comes from Anglo-Norman herald, from the Germanic compound harja-waldaz, "army commander". The word, in its most general sense, encompasses all matters relating to the duties and responsibilities of officers of arms. To most, though, heraldry is the practice of designing, displaying, describing, and recording coats of arms and heraldic badges. Historically, it has been variously described as "the shorthand of history" and "the floral border in the garden of history". The origins of heraldry lie in the need to distinguish participants in combat when their faces were hidden by iron and steel helmets. Eventually a formal system of rules developed into ever more complex forms of heraldry. Though the practice of heraldry is nearly 900 years old, it is still very much in use. Many cities and towns in Europe and around the world still make use of arms. Personal heraldry, both legally protected and lawfully assumed, has continued to be used around the world. Heraldic societies exist to promote education and understanding about the subject.

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the study of coats of arms, crests etc and of the history of the families who have the right to use them.

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