Definition of vair in English:

vair

Syllabification: vair
Pronunciation: /ve(ə)r
 
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noun

1Fur, typically bluish-gray, obtained from a variety of squirrel, used in the 13th and 14th centuries as a trimming or lining for garments.
More example sentences
  • All day long Cinderella wore rags and dragged her feet in clogs, but at night she whirled in fine vair shoes and glittering gowns.
  • A thousand men dressed in vair followed Beduerus the butler, similarly attired, offering various drinks of every sort in goblets.
  • One morning this maidservant, with a basket of cabbage greens, passed by Bito who, beforehand, had thought to dress in his finest robes of rich vair.
2 Heraldry Fur, represented by interlocking rows of shield-shaped or bell-shaped figures that are typically alternately blue and white, as a tincture.
More example sentences
  • The height of a row of vair is not strictly specified, but is typically about one-fifth that of the shield.
  • The white and blue bell-shapes of vair usually form the equivalent of a chequerboard pattern.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin varius (see various).

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