AskDefine | Define armorial

Dictionary Definition

armorial adj : of or relating to heraldry or heraldic arms; "armorial bearing"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. of, or relating to heraldry, or to heraldic arms


  1. a book etc concerning heraldry

Extensive Definition

A Roll of Arms (or armorial) is a collection of coats of arms which may be recorded in a variety of ways; written (blazon), painted, drawn or carved. They are usually arranged as a row shields accompanied by the identity of the person bearing the arms.

Types of Roll

The heraldist Stephen Friar classifies Roll types as:
  • Occasional.
Those rolls relating to a specific event such as an expedition, tournament or a siege.
  • Institutional.
Rolls associated with foundations, orders of religion or chivalry possibly compiled over many years.
  • Regional
It is almost peculiarly English to have regional or local rolls - County rolls of the 14th century.
  • Illustrative
These are sometimes used to illustrate stories or chronicles.
  • General
A combination of a variety of collections.
With the advent of the Internet;
  • Online rolls
A number of heraldic, family, clan societies maintain rolls of their members.




armorial in Danish: Våbenrulle
armorial in German: Wappenrolle
armorial in French: Armorial
armorial in Italian: Armoriale
armorial in Norwegian: Våpenrulle
armorial in Polish: Herbarz (heraldyka)
armorial in Russian: Гербовник
armorial in Swedish: Vapenrulla
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