coat of arms

Definition of coat of arms

  1. 1 :  a tabard or surcoat embroidered with armorial bearings

  2. 2a :  heraldic bearings (as of a person) usually depicted on an escutcheon often with accompanying adjuncts (such as a crest, motto, and supporters)b :  a similar symbolic emblem

Origin and Etymology of coat of arms

Middle English cote of armes, translation of Medieval French cote d'armes


First Known Use: 14th century


COAT OF ARMS Defined for Kids

coat of arms

noun

Definition of coat of arms for Students

plural

coats of arms

  1. :  a special group of pictures or symbols belonging to a person, family, or group and shown on a shield



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