Definition of subordinary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsəbˈôrdnerē/

noun (plural subordinaries)

A simple device or bearing that is less common than the ordinaries (e.g., roundel, orle, lozenge).
Example sentences
  • Among the charges considered by some to be subordinaries and by others to be common charges are the pall and roundle.
  • Having read the blazon carefully, we know which ordinaries, subordinaries or charges we have to put in our shield.
  • When several subordinaries or other charges appear in a shield, their number & position must be indicated in the blazon.

Words that rhyme with subordinary


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Syllabification: sub·or·di·nar·y

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