coat of arms

noun phrase

Definition of coat of arms 

1 : a tabard or surcoat embroidered with armorial bearings

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

First Known Use of coat of arms

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coat of arms

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

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

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coat of arms

noun
plural coats of arms

Kids Definition of coat of arms

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

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