martlet

[ mahrt-lit ]
/ ˈmɑrt lɪt /
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noun

British Dialect. a house martin.
Heraldry. a representation of a swallow close and without legs, used especially as the cadency mark of a fourth son.

Nearby words

  1. martinsburg,
  2. martinson,
  3. martinson, harry,
  4. martinsville,
  5. martinů,
  6. martnet,
  7. martyr,
  8. martyrdom,
  9. martyred,
  10. martyrium

Origin of martlet

1530–40; < Middle French martelet, variant of martinet; see martin, -et

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British Dictionary definitions for martlet

martlet

/ (ˈmɑːtlɪt) /

noun

an archaic name for a martin
heraldry a footless bird often found in coats of arms, standing for either a martin or a swallow

Word Origin for martlet

C16: from French martelet, variant of martinet, diminutive of martin

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