from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bearer of armor for a knight; a squire.
  • noun A person entitled to bear heraldic arms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An armor-bearer to a knight; a squire; the second in rank of the aspirants to chivalry or knighthood.
  • noun One who has a right to armorial bearings: formerly used after the proper name by a person possessing such right, but no higher title: thus, “John Bolton, armiger,” is nearly equivalent to “John Bolton, gentleman.” In Shakspere, armigero.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Formerly, an armor bearer, as of a knight, an esquire who bore his shield and rendered other services. In later use, one next in degree to a knight, and entitled to armorial bearings. The term is now superseded by esquire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun heraldry A person entitled to bear a coat of arms.
  • noun A squire carrying the armour of a knight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a squire carrying the armor of a knight
  • noun a nobleman entitled to bear heraldic arms


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin, from Latin, arms-bearing : arma, arms; see arm + gerere, to carry.]

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From Latin armiger ("carrying weapons or armour").


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