he·​ral·​dic | \ he-ˈral-dik How to pronounce heraldic (audio) , hə- \

Definition of heraldic

: of or relating to heralds or heraldry

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Other Words from heraldic

heraldically \ he-​ˈral-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce heraldic (audio) , hə-​ \ adverb

Examples of heraldic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Up close and at eye level, the work is reborn as these huge heraldic thunderous paintings, visually vehement and emotionally commanding. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021 Wrapped around the base just above street level is a 386-foot frieze of colonial life by the South African heraldic sculptor Ivan Mitford-Barberton; at the time, it was said to be one of the world’s longest such carvings. Nancy Hass, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2020 The female reproductive system is this emblematic heraldic form. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2020 The totality evokes a heraldic banner, but also a fortress facade. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2020 Marginal notes define the many unfamiliar terms; numerous heraldic insignia are presented in color and explained, and the book’s real-life characters, such as Nigel’s mentor, Sir John Chandos, are allotted brief biographies. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2020 Prince Charles was invested by his mother, the queen, as the Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969 with a heraldic ceremony at Caernarfon Castle, an iconic Welsh landmark. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Nov. 2019 Moved by such loyalty, the Black Prince adopted Jean’s badge of an ostrich feather as his own heraldic device. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, 6 June 2018 On the right side, the heraldic design shows a songbird flanking a blue shield with quills, all surrounded by flowers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of heraldic

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heraldic

borrowed from French héraldique, from Medieval Latin heraldus "herald" (Latinization of Middle French hiraud, heraud, Old French hirauz, hiraut) + French -ique -ic entry 1, herald entry 1

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The first known use of heraldic was in 1772

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“Heraldic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heraldic. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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