cadency mark


: an addition to a coat of arms to mark the position of the bearer with respect to a present or former head of the family

called also mark of cadency

compare difference, annulet, crescent, cross moline, double quatrefoil, fleur-de-lis, label, martlet, mullet, rose, bordure

Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cadency mark was in 1878

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“Cadency mark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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