[ her-uh l-dree ]
/ ˈhɛr əl dri /

noun, plural her·ald·ries.

Origin of heraldry

1350–1400; Middle English. See herald, -ry
Related formsher·ald·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heraldry


/ (ˈhɛrəldrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

the occupation or study concerned with the classification of armorial bearings, the allocation of rights to bear arms, the tracing of genealogies, etc
the duties and pursuit of a herald
armorial bearings, insignia, devices, etc
heraldic symbols or symbolism
the show and ceremony of heraldry
Derived Formsheraldist, noun
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Word Origin and History for heraldry



"art of arms and armorial bearings," late 14c., heraldy, from Old French hiraudie "heralds collectively," from hiraut (see herald (n.)). The spelling with -r- is attested from 1570s (cf. poetry, pedantry).

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