Lyon King of Arms

Ly·​on King of Arms | \ ˈlīən- \
variants: or less commonly Lyon
plural Lyon Kings of Arms also Lyons

Definition of Lyon King of Arms

: the chief officer of arms in Scotland who sits as judge in Lyon Court, grants patents of arms, supervises the Scottish heralds and pursuivants in the preparation and conduct of state, public, and royal ceremonial, and is also controller of the royal messengers-at-arms

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History and Etymology for Lyon King of Arms

lyon, obsolete variant of lion

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“Lyon King of Arms.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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