1. Heraldry.
    1. a charge in the form of a narrow band following the form of the escutcheon within the edge, so that the extreme outer edge of the escutcheon is of the field tincture.
    2. an arrangement in orle of small charges: azure, an orle of bezants.
  2. Armor. a thick roll of cloth or leather on a helmet forming a base for an ornamental crest.
  3. Also called or·let [awr-ley] /ɔrˈleɪ/, orlo. Architecture.
    1. a border, as one formed by a fillet.
    2. a fillet at the upper end of the shaft of a column.Compare cincture(def 3).
    3. a fillet between two flutes of a column.

Origin of orle

1565–75; < Middle French: border, edge < Vulgar Latin *ōrulus, diminutive of Latin ōra border
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Examples from the Web for orle

Historical Examples of orle

  • Arranged after the manner of an Orle, forming a border to a Shield, as in No. 86.

  • The same rule, by the way, applies to the tressure, but not to the orle.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • Small charges are frequently disposed about the border of a Shield in Orle, as in Nos. 86 and 132.

  • Orle contar sus conquistas era cosa de morirse de risa,25 porque hay Tenorios de Tenorios, y aqul fu de los ms originales.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

  • Yo me hubiera quedado a orle la misa, pero hoy es da de15 mucha fatiga para m.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

British Dictionary definitions for orle


  1. heraldry a border around a shield

Word Origin for orle

C16: from French, from ourler to hem
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