Definition of subordinary in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /sʌbˈɔːdɪn(ə)ri/
Pronunciation: /sʌbˈɔːd(ə)n(ə)ri/

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


For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: sub|or¦din|ary

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.