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
  1. noun
    the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
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    type of:
    enquiry, inquiry, research
    a search for knowledge
  2. noun
    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) 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:
    emblem, icon
    special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
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