Definition of vair in English:
1Fur, typically bluish-gray, obtained from a variety of squirrel, used in the 13th and 14th centuries as a trimming or lining for garments.
- On special feasts, the knights would bestow many robes of vair, for which reason courtiers and jugglers from Lombardy and all of Italy were drawn to Florence, where they were welcomed.
- It was ordained that no ecclesiastic, but dignified clergymen, should wear vair, gray, or ermine.
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of vair in:
- British & World English dictionary
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