- a title of certain of the principal heralds of England and certain other kingdoms empowered by their sovereigns to grant armorial bearings.
Origin of king-of-arms
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Lyon is also king-of-arms for the national order of the Thistle.
- the highest rank of heraldic officer, itself divided into the ranks of Garter, Clarenceaux, and Norroy and Ulster. In Scotland the first is Lyon
- a person holding this rank
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