ar·​mo·​ri·​al | \ är-ˈmȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce armorial (audio) \

Definition of armorial

: of, relating to, or bearing heraldic arms

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armorially \ är-​ˈmȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce armorial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of armorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Armin Carl Hansen etching could fetch thousands: Today’s Collectibles," 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, "American Ballet Theatre Revives the Color and Comedy of Marius Petipa's Harlequinade," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of armorial

1572, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for armorial

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

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“Armorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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