coat of arms

noun phrase

: a tabard or surcoat embroidered with armorial bearings
: heraldic bearings (as of a person) usually depicted on an escutcheon often with accompanying adjuncts (such as a crest, motto, and supporters)
: a similar symbolic emblem

Examples of coat of arms in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1400s, the surrounding structures functioned as a convent belonging to Pope Sixtus IV (during the restoration, Alessandro found original papal coats of arms from the late 1400s engraved in the high beams). Chiara Barzini, Vogue, 28 Nov. 2023 At just 4 years old, Charles attended his mother's coronation, and even received his own bright invite, decorated with trumpeting Grenadier Guards and the lion and unicorn of the royal coat of arms. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2023 Farther along, in an arena of sorts, the neighborhoods of Najaf were marching in procession, bearing banners, coats of arms and liquid-eyed images of Hussein wearing a dark, youthful beard and a green turban. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The Soviet coat of arms at Kyiv’s Motherland monument was replaced with the Ukrainian trident symbol ahead of Ukraine’s Independence Day on Aug. 24. Paulina Villegas, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2023 But scholars of the period said those crowns tended to be depicted differently — with arches, like in the Spanish coat of arms used today. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 Though used during the Colonial era in Lord Baltimore’s coat of arms, both heralds had fallen out of use after the Revolutionary War. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2023 Each was taken from the coat of arms of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2023 Within the flowers are a lion, a unicorn, and a boar, pulled from the coats of arms of King Charles and Queen Camilla. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coat of arms was in the 14th century

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“Coat of arms.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

coat of arms

: the heraldic arms belonging to a person, family, or group or a representation of these (as on a shield)
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