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coat of arms

n. pl. coats of arms Heraldry
1. A tabard or surcoat blazoned with bearings.
2.
a. An arrangement of bearings, usually depicted on and around a shield, that indicates ancestry and distinctions.
b. A representation of bearings.
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coat of arms

n
1. (Heraldry) the heraldic bearings of a person, family, or corporation
2. (Heraldry) a surcoat decorated with family or personal bearings
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coat′ of arms′


n.
1. a surcoat or tabard embroidered with heraldic devices, worn by medieval knights over their armor.
2. a full display of the armorial bearings of a person, family, or corporation, usu. on an escutcheon.
[1325–75; Middle English; compare French cotte d'armes]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coat of arms - the official symbols of a family, state, etc.coat of arms - the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
crest - (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
heraldry - emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms
quartering - a coat of arms that occupies one quarter of an escutcheon; combining four coats of arms on one shield usually represented intermarriages
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
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coat of arms

noun heraldry, crest, insignia, escutcheon, blazonry the family coat of arms
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Translations
شِعار
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våbenskjold
skjaldarmerki
armahanedan arması

coat

(kəut) noun
1. an item of outdoor clothing, with sleeves, that covers from the shoulders usually to the knees. a coat and hat.
2. a jacket. a man's coat and trousers.
3. the hair or wool of an animal. Some dogs have smooth coats.
4. a covering (eg of paint). This wall will need two coats of paint.
verb
to cover. She coated the biscuits with chocolate.
ˈcoating noun
(a) covering. chocolate coating.
coat of arms
a family badge or crest.
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References in classic literature ?
Then we gazed round us at the high, thin window of old stained glass, the oak panelling, the stags' heads, the coats of arms upon the walls, all dim and sombre in the subdued light of the central lamp.
I could plainly discover whence one family derives a long chin; why a second has abounded with knaves for two generations, and fools for two more; why a third happened to be crack-brained, and a fourth to be sharpers; whence it came, what Polydore Virgil says of a certain great house, NEC VIR FORTIS, NEC FOEMINA CASTA; how cruelty, falsehood, and cowardice, grew to be characteristics by which certain families are distinguished as much as by their coats of arms; who first brought the pox into a noble house, which has lineally descended scrofulous tumours to their posterity.
Presently it brought me to stone uprights, with an unroofed lodge beside them, and coats of arms upon the top.
Let us behold, in poor Hepzibah, the immemorial, lady--two hundred years old, on this side of the water, and thrice as many on the other, --with her antique portraits, pedigrees, coats of arms, records and traditions, and her claim, as joint heiress, to that princely territory at the eastward, no longer a wilderness, but a populous fertility,--born, too, in Pyncheon Street, under the Pyncheon Elm, and in the Pyncheon House, where she has spent all her days, --reduced.
But the people, so often as it joined them, saw on their hindquarters the old feudal coats of arms, and deserted with loud and irreverent laughter.
For two and a half decades, the Lord President of the Council was Sir Henry Sidney KG and in 1574 he arranged for the coats of arms of 46 people associated with the castle and its history to be placed in the round chapel in the castle.
For example, provincial coats of arms are found in the Library of Parliament where, notably, some provinces are not represented, and the coats of arms of several provinces are outdated.
I went to the library of the university and looked for an illustrated catalogue of medieval coats of arms (Co A).
Noble families design coats of arms, using symbols and pictures to tell the history of their important families.
Deputy Prime Minister Vadimir Pesevski said the new coat of arms "has historical and lasting values and is not connected with any social order." BDI have also said the proposed idea was acceptable since, according to them, a lion is to be found in the coats of arms of many old and significant Albanian families as well in the coat of the arms of the city of Tirana.
He added: "In addition to their conjugal arms, their Royal Highnesses also retain their own coats of arms to represent themselves as individuals."