One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Divided into typically four, six, or eight equal horizontal bars of alternating tinctures.‘barry of six, argent and azure’
- ‘In English heraldry, we find examples of a lion passant on the upper trait of a barry field.’
- ‘More rarely, a barry field can be of two colours or two metals.’
- ‘The barry field and ermine lion are from the heraldry of the Cecils, and Hatfield has been the seat of this branch of the family ever since.’
Late 15th century: from French barré ‘barred, striped’, past participle of barrer.
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