ar·​mo·​ri·​al är-ˈmȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce armorial (audio)
: of, relating to, or bearing heraldic arms
armorially adverb

Examples of armorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, original features do remain, including the two Jacobean-style staircases, 18th- and 19th-century paneling, fireplaces, 16th-century armorial glass, and some medieval English stained glass. Emmamreynolds1, Robb Report, 14 July 2022 The armorial engraving is the insignia of The Worshipful Company of Masons, one of the ancient livery companies of London. oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2021 Your vase was made in France, and the armorial decoration is inspired by the Chinese export wares which were very popular in England and Europe throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries. oregonlive, 1 Dec. 2020 The action unfurls in a quaint medieval town square garlanded with flowers and armorial pennants, (modified for the Gala), where Harlequin woos Columbine, and in a Beaux Arts ballroom conservatory where the action continues in the second act. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 24 May 2018

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Word History


armory "heraldry, heraldic arms" (borrowed from Anglo-French & continental Middle French armoierie, from Middle French armoier "to bear arms, emblazon" + -erie -ery) + -al entry 1; armoier from armes "arms, weapons, heraldic devices" (plural of arme, going back to Latin arma "implements of war, weapons") + -oier, factitive verb suffix, going back to Latin -idiāre, originally representing variant pronunciation (or spelling variant) of -izāre -ize — more at arm entry 3

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of armorial was in 1572

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Cite this Entry

“Armorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ar·​mo·​ri·​al är-ˈmōr-ē-əl How to pronounce armorial (audio)
: of, relating to, or carrying designs on a shield or flag of a family or a government
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