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[he-ral-dik, huh-]
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of heralds or heraldry: heraldic form; heraldic images; heraldic history; a heraldic device.
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Origin of heraldic

First recorded in 1765–75; herald + -ic
Related formshe·ral·di·cal·ly, adverbun·he·ral·dic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for heraldically

Historical Examples of heraldically

  • The design is heraldically supported by the Great Mother's lionesses.

    The Evolution of the Dragon

    G. Elliot Smith

  • Heraldically the harpy appears as a vulture with the head and breasts of a woman.

    Human Animals

    Frank Hamel

  • The border surrounding the lion is heraldically known as the tressure.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme

  • The osprey is sometimes known as the sea-eagle, and heraldically so termed.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • Heraldically this is represented by what is now called the mantling.

    Heraldry for Craftsmen & Designers

    William Henry St. John Hope

British Dictionary definitions for heraldically


  1. of or relating to heraldry
  2. of or relating to heralds
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Derived Formsheraldically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for heraldically



1772, on model of French héraldique (15c.), from Medieval Latin heraldus (see herald).

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