heraldry

Part of speech: noun

The science that treats of blazoning or describing coats of arms and the like.

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Usage examples "heraldry":

  1. There was a wide hearth, and a heavy mantelpiece, carved with shields, in which I might, had I been curious enough, have discovered a correspondence with the heraldry on the outer walls. - "The Room in the Dragon Volant", J. Sheridan LeFanu.
  2. The fourth, medals, coins, and heraldry. - "Paris As It Was and As It Is", Francis W. Blagdon.
  3. A Black Bar is a device in heraldry, indicating that there is something shameful in the wearer's ancestry. - "The Black Bar", George Manville Fenn.