Lyon King of Arms


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

Word History


lyon, obsolete variant of lion

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“Lyon King of Arms.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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