Definition of subordinary in English:


nounPlural subordinaries

  • A simple device or bearing that is less common than the ordinaries (e.g. roundel, orle, lozenge).

    • ‘Another series of simple devices are termed subordinaries, and these include such as the canton, the gyron and the label.’
    • ‘Among the charges considered by some to be subordinaries and by others to be common charges are the pall and roundle.’
    • ‘Having read the blazon carefully, we know which ordinaries, subordinaries or charges we have to put in our shield.’
    • ‘When several subordinaries or other charges appear in a shield, their number & position must be indicated in the blazon.’
    • ‘There are many different subordinaries used in heraldry.’