[king-uh v-ahrmz]

noun, plural kings-of-arms.

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

First recorded in 1400–50, king-of-arms is from the late Middle English word king of armes. See king, arm2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural kings-of-arms

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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