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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
coat of arms
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He was born in Kent, to a Durham family which possessed its own coat of arms.
▪ Note the coat of arms over the door and the fine plasterwork - with the date 1659 - over the fireplace.
▪ The fleurs-de-lys of the Cantilupe coat of arms were incorporated into Peter's seal.
▪ The royal coat of arms on the Daimler station bus.
▪ There was no question however of laying it aside, of shedding his image, his crest, his coat of arms.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Coat of arms

Coat \Coat\ (k[=o]t; 110), n. [OF. cote, F. cotte, petticoat, cotte d'armes coat of arms, cotte de mailles coat of mail, LL. cota, cotta, tunic, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. chozzo coarse mantle, G. klotze, D. kot, hut, E. cot. Cf. Cot a hut.]

  1. An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially, such a garment worn by men.

    Let each His adamantine coat gird well.
    --Milton.

  2. A petticoat. [Obs.] ``A child in coats.''
    --Locke.

  3. The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.

    Men of his coat should be minding their prayers.
    --Swift.

    She was sought by spirits of richest coat.
    --Shak.

  4. An external covering like a garment, as fur, skin, wool, husk, or bark; as, the horses coats were sleek.

    Fruit of all kinds, in coat Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell.
    --Milton.

  5. A layer of any substance covering another; a cover; a tegument; as, the coats of the eye; the coats of an onion; a coat of tar or varnish.

  6. Same as Coat of arms. See below.

    Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight, Or tear the lions out of England's coat.
    --Shak.

  7. A coat card. See below. [Obs.]

    Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived.
    --Massinger.

    Coat armor. See under Armor.

    Coat of arms (Her.), a translation of the French cotte d'armes, a garment of light material worn over the armor in the 15th and 16th centuries. This was often charged with the heraldic bearings of the wearer. Hence, an heraldic achievement; the bearings of any person, taken together.

    Coat card, a card bearing a coated figure; the king, queen, or knave of playing cards. ```I am a coat card indeed.' `Then thou must needs be a knave, for thou art neither king nor queen.'''
    --Rowley.

    Coat link, a pair of buttons or studs joined by a link, to hold together the lappels of a double-breasted coat; or a button with a loop for a single-breasted coat.

    Coat of mail, a defensive garment of chain mail. See Chain mail, under Chain.

    Mast coat (Naut.), a piece of canvas nailed around a mast, where it passes through the deck, to prevent water from getting below.

    Sail coat (Naut.), a canvas cover laced over furled sails, and the like, to keep them dry and clean.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
coat of arms

mid-14c., originally a tunic embroidered with heraldic arms (worn over armor, etc); see from coat (n.) + arm (n.2) and compare Old French cote a armer. Sense transferred to the heraldic arms themselves by 1560s. Hence turncoat, one who put his coat on inside-out to hide the badge of his loyalty.

Wiktionary
coat of arms

n. (context heraldry English) 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

WordNet
coat of arms

n. the official symbols of a family, state, etc. [syn: arms, blazon, blazonry]

Wikipedia
Coat of arms

A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on an escutcheon (i.e. shield), surcoat, or tabard. The coat of arms on an escutcheon forms the central element of the full heraldic achievement which consists of shield, supporters, crest, and motto. The design is a symbol unique to an individual person or family (except in the UK), corporation, or state.

Coat of Arms (album)

Coat of Arms is the fifth studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton.