achievementannuleta ring-shaped device on a shield; hollow roundel argent(as adjective; often postpositive, esp in heraldry) armes parlantesarmigera person entitled to bear heraldic arms, such as a sovereign or nobleman armoryheraldry bandeaubaran ordinary consisting of a horizontal line across a shield, typically narrower than a fesse, and usually appearing in twos or threes basethe lower part of the shield batona single narrow diagonal line superimposed on all other charges, esp one curtailed at each end, signifying a bastard line bearinga device or emblem on a heraldic shield; charge bendan ordinary consisting of a diagonal line traversing a shield bend sinistera diagonal line bisecting a shield from the top right to the bottom left, typically indicating a bastard line bezzant, bezant, or byzantblazona conventional description or depiction of heraldic arms blazonrythe art or process of describing heraldic arms in proper form bordurethe outer edge of a shield, esp when decorated distinctively cadencycanting armsa coat of arms making visual reference to the surname of its owner cantona small square or oblong charge on a shield, usually in the top left corner chargea design, device, or image depicted on heraldic arms checkychevronan inverted V-shaped charge on a shield, one of the earliest ordinaries found in English arms chiefthe upper third of a shield cinquefoila charge representing a five-petalled flower Clarenceuxcoat armoura coat of arms coat of armsthe heraldic bearings of a person, family, or corporation cockatricecognizance or cognisancea distinguishing badge or bearing college of armsany of several institutions in the United Kingdom having a royal charter to deal with matters of heraldry, grant armorial bearings, record and trace genealogies, etc compony or componecoronetany small crown, esp one worn by princes or peers as a mark of rank couchantcrescenta crescent moon, used as the cadency mark of a second son cresta symbol of a family or office, usually representing a beast or bird, borne in addition to a coat of arms and used in medieval times to decorate the helmet crossany of several charges in which one line crosses or joins another at right angles crossleta cross having a smaller cross near the end of each arm crownanything resembling or symbolizing a crown, such as a sergeant major's badge or a heraldic bearing dexterdifferencedimidiatedormanteaglea standard, seal, etc, bearing the figure of an eagle embattledemblazonermineone of the two principal furs used on heraldic shields, conventionally represented by a white field flecked with black ermine tails escutcheona shield, esp a heraldic one that displays a coat of arms falconfesse or fessan ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across a shield, conventionally occupying a third of its length and being wider than a bar fieldthe surface or background, as of a flag, coin, or heraldic shield, on which a design is displayed filleta horizontal division of a shield, one quarter of the depth of the chief fleur-de-lis or fleur-de-lysthe coat of arms of the former French royal family flory or fleuryfreta charge on a shield consisting of a mascle crossed by a saltire furany of various stylized representations of animal pelts or their tinctures, esp ermine or vair, used in coats of arms fusila charge shaped like a lengthened lozenge giron or gyrona charge consisting of the lower half of a diagonally divided quarter, usually in the top left corner of the shield gironny or gyronnygriffona winged monster with an eagle-like head and the body of a lionguardant or gardantguleshatchmenta diamond-shaped tablet displaying the coat of arms of a dead person heraldthe intermediate rank of heraldic officer, between king-of-arms and pursuivant impale or empaleinescutcheona small shield-shaped charge in the centre of a shield issuantking-of-armsthe highest rank of heraldic officer, itself divided into the ranks of Garter, Clarenceaux, and Norroy and Ulster. In Scotland the first is Lyon labela charge consisting of a horizontal line across the chief of a shield with three or more pendants: the charge of an eldest son leoparda stylized leopard, painted as a lion with the face turned towards the front liona conventionalized lion, the principal beast used as an emblem in heraldry. It has become the national emblem of Great Britain lozengea diamond-shaped charge lozengyLyon King of Armsthe chief herald of Scotland mantling or lambrequinthe drapery or scrollwork around a shield mascle or voided lozengea charge consisting of a lozenge with a lozenge-shaped hole in the middle matriculationmolinenaissantnombrila point on a shield between the fesse point and the lowest point octofoilofficer of armsa pursuivant or herald orthe representation of the metal gold: indicated in engravings by small black dots on a white field ordinaryany of several conventional figures, such as the bend, the fesse, and the cross, commonly charged upon shields orlea border around a shield palean ordinary consisting of a vertical stripe, usually in the centre of a shield pallan ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing palypartedpartypassantpeana fur of sable spotted with or pilean ordinary shaped like a wedge, usually displayed point-downwards potentproperpurpurepursuivantthe lowest rank of heraldic officer quarterone of four more or less equal quadrants into which a shield may be divided quarteredquarteringthe marshalling of several coats of arms on one shield, usually representing intermarriages quarterlyrampantrebusa heraldic emblem or device that is a pictorial representation of or pun on the name of the bearer regardantroundela charge in the shape of a circle sableof the colour blacksaltirean ordinary consisting of a diagonal cross on a shield sejant or sejeantscutcheonany rounded or shield-shaped structure, esp a scute semé (of) or semée (of)shielda pointed stylized shield used for displaying armorial bearings sinisterspread eaglethe representation of an eagle with outstretched wings, used as an emblem of the US statantsun in splendoursupportera figure or beast in a coat of arms depicted as holding up the shield torsetressurea narrow inner border on a shield, usually decorated with fleurs-de-lys urdé or urdéeurinantvaira fur, probably Russian squirrel, used to trim robes in the Middle Ages vertvoidedvolantwreatha band of flowers or foliage intertwined into a ring, usually placed on a grave as a memorial or worn on the head as a garland or a mark of honour wyverna heraldic beast having a serpent's tail and a dragon's head and a body with wings and two legs yale ▷ See heraldry
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
Word List of Heraldry terms from the Collins English Word Lists