Originating from the German Blasen, meaning "to blow," blazonry is the art of describing in technical language the objects or charges borne in a coat of arms, as well as the manner of arranging them on a shield. The term originated from blowing a trumpet to announce the arrival of a knight, or his entrance into the lists at a joust or tournament. The blast was answered by the heralds, who described aloud and explained the arms borne by the knight.
Related term(s): Heraldry; Charge (Heraldry); Coat of Arms; Shield; Knight; Herald
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 63.
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