Definition of heraldry in English:



  • 1The system by which coats of arms and other armorial bearings are devised, described, and regulated.

    • ‘Thus was generated a moral, religious, and social code, which over the centuries became more closely defined and controlled through the conduct of tournaments, laws of war, orders of chivalry, and heraldry.’
    • ‘The rose is the emblem of England and in heraldry is used as the mark of cadency for a seventh son.’
    • ‘Such ‘beasts’ were among the earliest icons used in medieval heraldry.’
    • ‘Now, heraldry is one of the quaint, meaningless traditions that so enthralls anglophiles like myself.’
    • ‘In ‘British Dragons’, Jacqueline Simpson gives a brief account of dragons down the ages, from their part in cosmological myth and hero legends to their use in heraldry and folk plays.’
    • ‘That the work may be a student's first introduction to parts of Renaissance culture, including heraldry, however, makes it even more the duty of a scholar - and of a university press - to get the facts right.’
    • ‘The Sunday Herald has learned that after lengthy deliberations, a stunning earlier design, believed to have cost thousands of pounds, was turned down at the last minute because it breached heraldry regulations.’
    • ‘Traditionally, a colonel in the British Army would likely be from a high-born, well-known family with documented heraldry and pedigree.’
    • ‘Michel Pastoureau is an authority on medieval heraldry and a professor of history at the Sorbonne.’
    • ‘Certainly, heraldry was known and studied in America at the time of the Revolution, as is indicated by the relatively large number of surviving silver and ceramic pieces with heraldic devices on them.’
    • ‘Shakespeare was influenced by heraldry both professionally and personally, applying for a coat of arms on behalf of his father, granted in 1596.’
    • ‘Richard Oliphant, who comes from Skye but was educated in England, was confirmed as Clan Chief by the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, which adjudicates on matters of heraldry and chivalry - the last permanent court of its kind in Europe.’
    • ‘My purpose here is to explore the significance of this last assumption within the context of the social ideas and values reflected by heraldry in its early medieval days of vigorous development.’
    • ‘The well-established obsession of late medieval chivalry with heraldry, orders and tournaments became overwhelmingly apparent.’
    • ‘Although the system is not perfect, containing minor contradictions and overlaps, it is vastly more efficient than searching for armorials without possessing a comprehensive knowledge of heraldry.’
    • ‘Last year, Susan conducted a three week lecture tour in America to tell the story of Irish heraldry and genealogy and spoke in Boston, New York, Minneapolis and Chicago.’
    • ‘Elizabeth herself received no formal education, other than in heraldry and how to smile while standing up for hours on end.’
    • ‘The first emblems in human history, Paradin argues, were preserved by heraldry and his own work recapitulates this allegorical genealogy.’
    • ‘‘Gules’ is the traditional name for red in heraldry.’
    • ‘The colour of blue on the flag is ‘argent’ as described in heraldry.’
    1. 1.1Armorial bearings or other heraldic symbols.
      • ‘Her descent partly explains her son's baronial aspirations and his love of his personal heraldry.’
      • ‘Here, the portrait was physically attached to the front of the building to announce to all visitors, in a very obvious and even more personal way than the usual heraldry, the ownership of East Harling by the Lovells.’
      • ‘At the Milanese court, Leonardo witnessed the use of visual puns in heraldry for Ludovico Sforza, Beatrice d' Este, and her sister, Isabella.’
      • ‘Or are they, as I suspect, just trying to be tough, butch and militaristic by using a symbol that is increasingly finding its way onto military insignias and heraldry?’
      • ‘The design also preserves the Army's historic heraldry and lineage.’
      • ‘The pomegranate was part of Catherine of Aragon's coat of arms and was accepted into English heraldry when she married King Henry VIII in 1509.’
      • ‘Down the street, in the former Kildare Street Club, there is a fine display of Irish coats of arms and heraldry but none of it is really explained or linked to historical places, people or events in any interesting way.’
      • ‘Earlier, he dealt with vernacular quotations, including decorative evocations of the cults of American gangsterism and Elvis Presley, and kitsch phenomena such as biker heraldry.’
      • ‘An ‘admission to degrees’ day is one of a college's flag-days, so you get to come into college seeing the old heraldry a flutter.’
      • ‘The east and south walls are intricately carved with religious symbols and secular heraldry.’
      • ‘Some very obvious aspects of the form and design of funeral monuments are hardly touched on in this second chapter, including the architectural framework, the display of heraldry, and the railings around tombs.’
      • ‘The glass icons, loopy reconstructions of classic Catholic heraldry, magically float off the white plush, as if held aloft by pure belief.’
      • ‘Mance, a direct descendant of the last leader of the Knights Templar, has heraldry featuring a golden tree surrounded by 12 blue apples.’
      • ‘Medieval heraldry often showed an elephant with a castle on its back.’
      • ‘Little did we know when we started this project how engrossed we would become in the biblical stories, the angels and archangels, the lives of the saints and the history and heraldry of the people of Westbury.’
      • ‘His historical theatre must first of all create an epic dimension, using every resource, not only drums, trumpets, banners, heraldry, and high-sounding words, but the imagination of the audience.’
      • ‘She immediately saw her father sitting on his favorite chair, the one below the family heraldry, holding a goblet of blood-red wine in his hand.’
      • ‘Identification was by inscription, heraldry and, later, a rebus.’
      • ‘The chapel in its heraldry is virtually a document of the Tudor/Plantagenet power struggle.’
      • ‘The men who opposed them wore no markings or heraldry to identify them, but their equipment was of a consistently higher quality than would be expected among brigands.’
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    2. 1.2Colorful ceremony.
      ‘all the pomp and heraldry provided a splendid pageant’
      • ‘These three greatest of events in the history of humanity are alone worthy of such celebrations and glorious heraldry.’
      • ‘On a far lighter note, I just love the pomp and ceremony of all the military parades, heraldry, and regalia.’
      • ‘A few weeks since, the young nobleman would have watched in admiration all that magnificent heraldry of the pomp of the storm.’