coat of arms

Definition of COAT OF ARMS

:  a tabard or surcoat embroidered with armorial bearings
a :  heraldic bearings (as of a person) usually depicted on an escutcheon often with accompanying adjuncts (as a crest, motto, and supporters)
b :  a similar symbolic emblem

Origin of COAT OF ARMS

Middle English cote of armes, translation of Middle French cote d'armes
First Known Use: 14th century
COAT OF ARMS Defined for Kids

coat of arms

plural coats of arms

Definition of COAT OF ARMS for Kids

:  a special group of pictures or symbols belonging to a person, family, or group and shown on a shield


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