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 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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