Medieval Glossary

Pile (Heraldry)

In heraldry, one of the lesser ordinaries, having the form of a wedge, usually placed pale-wise, with the broadest and uppermost, resembling a pile used in laying the foundations of buildings in watery places, whence it has its name.

Related term(s): Heraldry; Ordinary; Pale; Pile; Bend; Fess
Category: Heraldry
Added: 07.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 431.


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