- a charge in the form of a narrow band following the form of the escutcheon within the edge, so that the extreme outer edge of the escutcheon is of the field tincture.
- an arrangement in orle of small charges: azure, an orle of bezants.
- Armor. a thick roll of cloth or leather on a helmet forming a base for an ornamental crest.
- Also called or·let [awr-ley] /ɔrˈleɪ/, orlo. Architecture.
- a border, as one formed by a fillet.
- a fillet at the upper end of the shaft of a column.Compare cincture(def 3).
- a fillet between two flutes of a column.
Origin of orle
1565–75; < Middle French: border, edge < Vulgar Latin *ōrulus, diminutive of Latin ōra border
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Examples from the Web for orle
Arranged after the manner of an Orle, forming a border to a Shield, as in No. 86.
The same rule, by the way, applies to the tressure, but not to the orle.A Complete Guide to Heraldry
Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
Small charges are frequently disposed about the border of a Shield in Orle, as in Nos. 86 and 132.
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- heraldry a border around a shield
C16: from French, from ourler to hem
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