\ ˈȯr(ə)l \
plural -s

Definition of orle

1 heraldry
a : a number of small charges arranged so as to form a border within the edge of the field an orle of martlets
b : a border within and parallel to but not touching the edge of the field
c : the wreath or chaplet surmounting or encircling the helmet of a knight and bearing the crest
2 : a narrow fillet at the top of a shaft separating it from the bell of the capital or at the bottom above the molding of the base
in orle
: in the form of an orle round the escutcheon leaving the middle of the field vacant or occupied by something else used of bearings on the shield

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History and Etymology for orle

Middle French, literally, border, hem, from orler to put a hem on, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin orulare, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin orula border, hem, from Latin ora border, rim, coast

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“Orle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orle. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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