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noun

a surcoat or tabard embroidered with heraldic devices, worn by medieval knights over their armor.
a heraldic achievement of arms.

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Origin of coat of arms

1325–75; Middle English; parallel to French cotte d'armes
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British Dictionary definitions for coat of arms

coat of arms

noun

the heraldic bearings of a person, family, or corporation
a surcoat decorated with family or personal bearings
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