plural -s
: a number of small charges arranged so as to form a border within the edge of the field
an orle of martlets
: a border within and parallel to but not touching the edge of the field
: the wreath or chaplet surmounting or encircling the helmet of a knight and bearing the crest
: 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

Word History


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 20 May. 2024.

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