Heraldry is the study of designs on coats of arms — the official symbols or emblems of royal and noble families — which have appeared on flags and shields throughout history.

Heraldry is the art of designing emblems that are meant to represent families, states, or organizations, as well as the study of the significance behind the designs, including family genealogies. The original function of heraldry was to distinguish troops from each other, making it clear who soldiers were fighting with and against. The ancient root of the word heraldry means "war."

Definitions of heraldry

n the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies

Type of:
enquiry, inquiry, research
a search for knowledge

n emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms

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armorial bearing, bearing, charge, heraldic bearing
heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
arms, blazon, blazonry, coat of arms
the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
annulet, roundel
(heraldry) a charge in the shape of a circle
an inverted V-shaped charge
fleur-de-lis, fleur-de-lys
(heraldry) charge consisting of a conventionalized representation of an iris
(heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
a coat of arms that occupies one quarter of an escutcheon; combining four coats of arms on one shield usually represented intermarriages
Type of:
special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.

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