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noun Heraldry.
  1. the area adjacent to the outer edges of an escutcheon.
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Origin of bordure

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at border
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Examples from the Web for bordure

Historical Examples

  • The bordure (Fig. 210) occurs both as a charge and as a mark of difference.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • This happens with the bordure when it is a part of the original coat of arms.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • There are two other shields bearing, Two bars with a bordure.

  • Likewise the collar of the buck, their crest, was of the same colour as their bordure.

  • Saltire bears billets and a bordure, but not the ordinary so called.

British Dictionary definitions for bordure


  1. heraldry the outer edge of a shield, esp when decorated distinctively
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French; see border
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