Definition of cottise in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkädəs/
(also cotise)


A narrow band adjacent and parallel to an ordinary such as a bend or chevron.
Example sentences
  • It makes sense, though my impression is that cotises are much narrower than shown in the Maracon banner.
  • This variation has the sinister field in the prescribed ‘pale blue’, leaving the cotises in azure.
  • The ‘double belting’ of the cottise is indicative not only of military service, but also of public office.



Example sentences
  • The gold potenté bend is an adaptation of the cottised bend on the arms of Champagne.
  • The additions of the bar gemelle and the cottised fess are merely ‘differences’ familiar to modern heraldry but, on crests, unknown to early practice.
  • The family crest is a field azure, chevrony doubly cottised, which means the field is blue, with very thin lines of ermine forming the shape of a chevron.


Late 16th century: from French cotice 'leather thong'.

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Syllabification: cot·tise

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