armorial (not comparable)

  1. (heraldry) Of, or relating to heraldry, or to heraldic arms.
    • 1835, William Wordsworth, “The Armenian Lady's Love,” Stanza 26, lines 151-156,
      Mute Memento of that union
      In a Saxon Church survives,
      Where a cross-legged Knight lies sculptured
      As between two wedded Wives—
      Figures with armorial signs of race and birth,
      And the vain rank the Pilgrims bore while yet on earth.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 3,
      Nick found a set of Trollope which had a relatively modest and approachable look among the rest, and took down The Way We Live Now, with an armorial bookplate, the pages uncut.
  2. (rare) In, or pertaining to, armor.
    • 1854, Arthur's Home Magazine, page 72:
      Such a scene would have been depicted by the painters of that day, in the armorial suit of the Greeks and Romans. West's painting was highly approved, and the king is said to have required a copy. From this attempt is to be dated the reform ...
    • 1857, Warren Parsons Isham, Magazine of Travel, page 99:
      The guides point out to you a magnificent suit of equestrian armor,[...] Near it are two male figures of the youths, Henry and Charles, sons of Charles I, both clad in the armorial suits worn by these lads. The suits of armor worn by the figures generally, are not those of the persons whose names they bear, and serve but to indicate the style of the armour used in different periods.
  • Portuguese: armorial

armorial (plural armorials)

  1. A book etc concerning heraldry, especially a collection of coats of arms.
  • roll of arms
  • Italian: armoriale, armerista
  • Portuguese: armorial

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