Medieval Glossary

Sable

One of the tinctures in heraldry, implying black. In heraldic engravings, it is represented by perpendicular and horizontal lines crossing each other.

In blazonry, sable denotes constancy, wisdom, and prudence.

Related term(s): Tincture; Heraldry; Heraldic; Gules; Vert; Azure
Category: Heraldry
Added: 07.04.06
Last modified: 08.31.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 61, 502.

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