What is heraldry?

  • (noun): Emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. Heraldry comes from Anglo-Norman herald, from the Germanic compound harja-waldaz, "army commander". The word, in its most general sense, encompasses all matters relating to the duties and responsibilities of officers of arms. To most, though, heraldry is the practice of designing, displaying, describing, and recording coats of arms and heraldic badges.

Read more about Heraldry.

Some articles on heraldry:

Writers On British Heraldry
... The main historical authorities on heraldry include the following Dame Juliana Berners (14/15th.c.), author of The Book of Saint Albans ... Gerard Legh (d.1563) John Ferne (d.1609) John Guillim (d.1621), author of Display of Heraldry (1610) John Gibbon, author of Introductio ad Latinam Blasoniam (1682) Thomas Robson, author ... (d.1928) Iain Moncrieffe and Don Pottinger, authors of Simple Heraldry Cheerfully Illustrated (1953) ...
Law Of Heraldic Arms - Sources
... mark the Golden Jubilee of The Coat of Arms (The Heraldry Society, London, 2000) 93–101 Noel Cox, "The Law of Arms in New Zealand" (1998) 18 (2) New Zealand Universities Law Review 225–256 Mark Turnham Elvins ... Collins François Velde Regulation of Heraldry in England François Velde The Lord Lyon and His Jurisdiction François Velde Right to Bear Arms Michael Waas, Heraldry in Germany Luigi Mendola Sicilian Heraldry ...
American College Of Heraldry And Arms
... The American College of Heraldry and Arms, Inc ... was an American organization established in 1966 to promote heraldry in the United States ... entities, such as businesses and municipal heraldry ...

More definitions of "heraldry":

  • (noun): The study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies.