coat of arms

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

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Heraldic device dating to the 12th century in Europe. It was originally a cloth tunic worn over or in place of armour to establish identity in battle. In the full armorial achievement the distinctively patterned shield is ornamented with a crest, helmet, mantling, motto, crown, wreath, and supporters and rests upon a compartment. Arms were later adopted as emblems for schools, churches, guilds, and corporations to reflect their origins or histories. See also heraldry.

Variants of COAT OF ARMS

coat of arms or shield of arms


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