blazonry


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.
Related to blazonry: blazon, blazons, Heraldic blazon

blazonry

blazonry (blāˈzənrē), science of describing or depicting armorial bearings. The introduction, since the Middle Ages, of artificial rules and fanciful medieval terms has complicated the science, particularly in England. The chief part of blazonry is the description of the escutcheon, or shield, the essential part of the coat of arms. This involves the description of the color of the field on which devices are displayed. Arms are identified by their charges; the most common of these, the ordinaries, include lines of division, e.g., a cross, a chief (a band occupying the top third of the shield), a fess (a band across the shield in the middle), and a bend (a diagonal band). Other characteristic charges are heraldic animals or flowers, e.g., the lion, the fleur-de-lis, and the trefoil. The arms of younger sons should, in theory, show differences; thus a second son should display a crescent in his field. The bend sinister (a band from the upper right to the lower left of the shield) is not a difference and does not necessarily (as is popularly believed) indicate illegitimacy, which is usually blazoned by a wavy border around the shield. Blazonry also involves the description of the crest above the shield and of the motto. The tinctures, or colors, used in blazonry are gold (or), white or silver (argent), red (gules), blue (azure), green (vert), purple, and black (sable). In England, blazonry is regulated by the Heralds' College. See also heraldry.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2022, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Black in blazonry means prudence; and niger, unpropitious.
Distilled (Gr2), Harmony Lodge (Ballerina H.-Gr1), Keats (Gr2), Perigee Moon (Gr3), Johannesburg (Phoenix S.-Gr1, Prix Morny-Gr1, Middle Park S-Gr1, Breeders' Cup Juvenile S.-Gr1), Orchard Park (Gr3), Sunray Spirit (Gr3), Wiseman's Ferry (Gr3), Blazonry (Gr2), Roll Hennessy Roll (Gr3), Silver Tree (Gr2), Cactus Ridge (Gr3), Heckle (Gr3), Liquor Cabinet (Gr3), Madcap Escapade (Ashland S.-Gr1), Primary Suspect (Gr3), Toasted (Gr2), Aunt Henny (Gr3), Henny Hughes (King's Bishop S.-Gr1, Vosburgh S.-Gr1), India (Gr2), Mary Delaney (Gr2), Set Alight (Gr3), Golden Dawn (Gr2), Porte Bonheur (Gr3), Dream Play (Gr2), Special Duty (Cheveley Park S.-Gr1).
Balmont is the first foal out of the winning Seattle Slew mare Aldebaran Light, a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner Blazonry.
GRADE 2 winner Blazonry, who began his career with Jeremy Noseda in Newmarket, has been retired to stud at Rick Trontz's Hopewell Farm in Midway, Kentucky.
Balmont is the first foal out of the Seattle Slew mare Aldebaran Light, a treble winner and a half-sister to Grade 2 victor Blazonry. His third dam is a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade.