What does Heraldry mean?

Definitions for Heraldry
ˈhɛr əl driher·ald·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heraldrynoun

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

  2. heraldrynoun

    emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms


  1. Heraldrynoun

    A coat of arms or some other heraldic device or collection of heraldic symbols.


  1. heraldrynoun

    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. heraldrynoun

    An armorial ensign along with its history and description

  3. heraldrynoun


    Onlookers were impressed by the rich and colorful heraldry.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Heraldrynoun

    Etymology: heraulderie, French, from herald.

    I am writing of heraldry. Henry Peacham.

    Grant her, besides, of noble blood that ran
    In ancient veins, ere heraldry began. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    ’Twas no false heraldry, when madness drew
    Her pedigree from those who too much knew. John Denham.

    Metals may blazon common beauties; she
    Makes pearls and planets humble heraldry. John Cleveland.


  1. Heraldry

    Heraldry is a discipline relating to the design, display and study of armorial bearings (known as armory), as well as related disciplines, such as vexillology, together with the study of ceremony, rank and pedigree. Armory, the best-known branch of heraldry, concerns the design and transmission of the heraldic achievement. The achievement, or armorial bearings usually includes a coat of arms on a shield, helmet and crest, together with any accompanying devices, such as supporters, badges, heraldic banners and mottoes.Although the use of various devices to signify individuals and groups goes back to antiquity, both the form and use of such devices varied widely, as the concept of regular, hereditary designs, constituting the distinguishing feature of heraldry, did not develop until the High Middle Ages. It is often claimed that the use of helmets with face guards during this period made it difficult to recognize one's commanders in the field when large armies gathered together for extended periods, necessitating the development of heraldry as a symbolic language, but there is little support for this view.The perceived beauty and pageantry of heraldic designs allowed them to survive the gradual abandonment of armour on the battlefield during the seventeenth century. Heraldry has been described poetically as "the handmaid of history", "the shorthand of history", and "the floral border in the garden of history". In modern times, individuals, public and private organizations, corporations, cities, towns, regions, and other entities use heraldry and its conventions to symbolize their heritage, achievements, and aspirations.


  1. heraldry

    Heraldry is the system by which coats of arms, badges, flags, and other symbols associated with a particular lineage, rank, or heritage are designed, maintained, and granted. This system combines specific rules and traditions and originated in the Middle Ages, primarily in Europe. It is often used to indicate family identity or occupation, and is now used more symbolically or decoratively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heraldrynoun

    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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. heraldry

    The science of armorial bearings. The practice of wearing devices on the shields of knights was originated in the middle of the 12th century, and ever since families bear on their shield the arms of their progenitors, which at first had been adopted either arbitrarily or suggested by some striking episode in the life of the bearer.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Heraldry in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Heraldry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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