Coat-of-arms meaning

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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.

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A group of emblems and figures (heraldic bearings) usually arranged on and around a shield and serving as the special insignia of some person, family, or institution.
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(heraldry) Hereditary designs and symbols depicted on an escutcheon, sometimes accompanied by other elements of a heraldic achievement, such as a helm, crest, crest coronet, torse, mantling and supporters; described by a blazon.
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A tabard or surcoat blazoned with bearings.
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Origin of coat-of-arms

  • From Old French cote a armer, cote d'armes, originally a tunic embroidered with heraldic arms.

    From Wiktionary