orle

noun \ˈȯr(ə)l\

Definition of orle

plural

-s

  1. 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. 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

adverb
  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at oral


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