Definition of armorial in US English:



  • Relating to heraldry or heraldic devices.

    ‘armorial shields’
    • ‘Relatively few Americans possessed armorial services, partly because of the expense and partly because few Americans had coats of arms or the pretension to appropriate one.’
    • ‘Though there were no differences in arms for daughters, by Strangways’ time heraldry had found its means of recording women's armorial interests.’
    • ‘Howard also explores the role of the Swedish East India Company in supplying armorial porcelain to Scotland, which is logical enough considering the proximity of Gothenberg, Sweden, to Scotland.’
    • ‘In England, new coats of arms are granted to individuals by the Earl Marshal of the College of Arms, which oversees the issuing of armorial bearings.’
    • ‘They are one and the same person; Richard is author of both the schoolboy newspaper and the spoof armorial bearings.’
    • ‘She receives lavish gifts and letters with armorial seals from far-away places, possibly from a lover.’
    • ‘The law states that one must record the use of armorial devices and that means paying a fee.’
    • ‘As in Europe and the United States, armorial porcelain was commissioned in China for the Mexican market in the late eighteenth century.’
    • ‘Rommel presented, together with Giovianni Rovazzani, a beautiful copy of the armorial bearings of the city of Porto Recanati and some illustrated books of the city and its region.’
    • ‘He became internationally famous for his collection, which included forty-five examples of armorial decoration, now on display in the museum.’
    • ‘This was the heavily carved baroque side table with its armorial shield that still stands in the main hall.’
    • ‘It has been estimated that Britons ordered approximately five thousand armorial services over the course of the eighteenth century, while Continental Europeans ordered approximately three thousand.’
    • ‘Heraldically, perhaps the nicest illustration of genteel, female armorial pride comes again from the Paston family.’
    • ‘Dutch examples with engraved armorial bowls are ridiculously cheap, selling for between £350 and £500 at auction.’
    • ‘Her interest in Chinese armorial ceramics is longstanding, and is matched by research into the collecting of Chinese art in the West in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.’
    • ‘The five-bay hammerbeam roof, resting on an embattled and moulded wall plate, has cambered collars, angels, and armorial bosses.’
    • ‘Uniforms and regimental colours initially embodied the colonel's armorial bearings and livery, but soon took on the state's symbols.’
    • ‘Taxes on hats, dice, clocks, salt, hair powder, gloves, artificial flowers, menservants, game certificates and armorial bearings have also been used in the past.’
    • ‘There is now a thriving black market in armorial bearings and medieval chivalry.’
    • ‘With the increasing realism of later medieval art, windows begin to include many details of daily life, and their donors are commemorated by being depicted in contemporary dress, or by the inclusion of their armorial bearings.’


  • A book of heraldic devices.


Late Middle English: from Old French armoierie (see armoury).