ar·​mi·​ger ˈär-mi-jər How to pronounce armiger (audio)
: squire
: one entitled to bear heraldic arms
armigeral adjective

Word History


borrowed from Latin, "armor bearer, squire" (Medieval Latin also "person entitled to bear heraldic arms"), noun derivative of armiger, adjective, "bearing arms, armed," from arma "implements of war, weapons, equipment" + -i- -i- + -ger, agentive derivative from the base of gerere "to carry, bear" — more at arm entry 3, jest entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of armiger was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

“Armiger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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