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heraldry Syllabification: her·ald·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈherəldrē/

Definition of heraldry in English:


1The system by which coats of arms and other armorial bearings are devised, described, and regulated.
Example sentences
  • The colour of blue on the flag is ‘argent’ as described in heraldry.
  • Michel Pastoureau is an authority on medieval heraldry and a professor of history at the Sorbonne.
  • My purpose here is to explore the significance of this last assumption within the context of the social ideas and values reflected by heraldry in its early medieval days of vigorous development.
1.1Armorial bearings or other heraldic symbols.
Example sentences
  • The east and south walls are intricately carved with religious symbols and secular heraldry.
  • Or are they, as I suspect, just trying to be tough, butch and militaristic by using a symbol that is increasingly finding its way onto military insignias and heraldry?
  • Down the street, in the former Kildare Street Club, there is a fine display of Irish coats of arms and heraldry but none of it is really explained or linked to historical places, people or events in any interesting way.
1.2Colorful ceremony: all the pomp and heraldry provided a splendid pageant
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  • On a far lighter note, I just love the pomp and ceremony of all the military parades, heraldry, and regalia.


Pronunciation: /ˈherəldist/
Example sentences
  • Hugo Gerard Ströhl was one of the most important heraldists ever, who advised many governments.
  • Later the heraldists gathered these emblems in codes and collections preserved in libraries and archives.
  • Our readership of more than 20,000 includes genealogists, historians, heraldists and antiquarians.
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