Belonging to armor or even the heraldic hands or escutcheon of a family group
- of or regarding heraldry or heraldic arms
- Belonging to armor, or to the heraldic arms or escutcheon of a household.
1570s, from armory + -al (1).
(a.) owned by armor, or to the heraldic arms or escutcheon of a household.
Thus the mitre over an English bishop's coat-of-arms is a survival which indicates him as the successor of bishops who actually wore mitres, while armorial bearings themselves, and the whole craft of heraldry, are survivals bearing record of a state of warfare and social order whence our present state was by vast modification evolved.