Coat of Arms
A habit formerly worn by knights over their armour. It was a short sleeved coat or tunic reaching to the waist and embroidered with their armourial ensigns and various devices. Also, any representation of the armourial devices upon such a habit, an armourial device.
Related term(s): Armour; Tunic; Heraldry; Surcoat; Abatement; Standard
Last modified: 07.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 107.