Definition of coat of arms in English:

coat of arms


  • The distinctive heraldic bearings or shield of a person, family, corporation, or country.

    • ‘The Red Wyvern is a mythical two-headed dragon which featured on the coat of arms of the Clifford family of Appleby.’
    • ‘By the fifteenth century, private donors were proudly stamping the screens with family coats of arms, as at Marburg and Meissen.’
    • ‘The swans became the symbol of Selby and are on the abbey coat of arms.’
    • ‘Down the street, in the former Kildare Street Club, there is a fine display of Irish coats of arms and heraldry.’
    • ‘It was his family's coat of arms that was tattooed to her shoulder.’
    • ‘On the walls hung tapestries, Scottish Claymores, bastard swords, shields, coats of arms of different sorts and other things.’
    • ‘Plus they bore it on their coat of arms as a symbol of their line of Royal descent.’
    • ‘The basic, essential, element of a coat of arms is the shield.’
    • ‘Pictured on the coat of arms is a shield with two workers in front of a mahogany tree.’
    • ‘Oh, yes, we chose a flag, an anthem and an emblem, a coat of arms, a national day, and so forth.’
    • ‘These later evolved into official coats of arms, representing families and clans.’
    • ‘His ceremonial dress included a splendid tabard, bearing the royal coat of arms, along with a sword, black leggings and buckled shoes.’
    • ‘Those few who got a good look at the badge said that it bore the coat of arms of a foreign place and the name of an unknown knight.’
    • ‘A national flag, coat of arms, and anthem are important symbols.’
    • ‘He chose the Corbinian Bear as an heraldic device for his papal coat of arms.’
    • ‘The stag is a Hardwick symbol on the family coat of arms and the oak tree a symbol of constancy.’
    • ‘In this sense, art works have taken the place of corporate logos and national coats of arms.’
    • ‘Heraldic coats of arms were given to pubs and inns where there was good hospitality.’
    • ‘In the parade, the leading families of each palace will carry the palace's coat of arms.’
    • ‘It was part of Ben's family coat of arms, the Great Ash surrounded by four elk with formidable antlers.’
    symbol, mark, cipher, letter, character, numeral, figure, type, code, hieroglyph
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