coat of arms
- The definition of a coat of arms is a shield with symbols and figures that represent a family, person, a group or other organization.
An example of a coat of arms is a family crest.
The Scottish coat of arms displayed on the wall of Edinburgh castle.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: translated, translation of French cotte d'armes, light garment worn over armor, generally blazoned with heraldic arms
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- A tabard or surcoat blazoned with bearings.
- a. An arrangement of bearings, usually depicted on and around a shield, that indicates ancestry and distinctions.b. A representation of bearings.