ad·​dorsed | \ ə-ˈdȯrst \
variants: or less commonly addossed \ ə-​ˈdäst , -​ˈdȯst \

Definition of addorsed

: set or turned back to back (as in heraldry)

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First Known Use of addorsed

1572, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for addorsed

modification of French adossé, past participle of adosser to turn the back, set on one's back, from a- (from Latin ad-) + dos back, from Latin dorsum

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“Addorsed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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