king-of-arms

king-of-arms

(kĭng′əv-ärmz′)
n. pl. kings-of-arms (kĭngz′-)
A high-ranking heraldic officer in Great Britain.
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king-of-arms

n, pl kings-of-arms
1. (Heraldry) the highest rank of heraldic officer, itself divided into the ranks of Garter, Clarenceaux, and Norroy and Ulster. In Scotland the first is Lyon
2. (Heraldry) a person holding this rank
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SIR WILLIAM DUGDALE (1605-86), Garter king-of-arms, was a careful and scholarly antiquary who gave the following warning to Sir Simon Archer in a letter dated 15 May 1638:
William Oldys (1696-1761), an antiquary and Norroy king-of-arms, was an avid collector who drew up voluminous notes for a life of Shakespeare.