from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Entitled to bear a coat of arms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bearing arms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Entitled to bear heraldic arms.
Dieter Birk - thanks for the word of the day: 'armigerous'.
The dipsa was popular in heraldry, and Lucan described one heraldric dipsa thusly: the snake's head, twisted backwards, bites a pale young armigerous man of the blood of the Turrenne.
The last time someone whined at me for using big words was over at Guido's, when I used "armigerous."
And it was on his behalf, to uphold his fantastic claim, that these West Country clods, led by a few armigerous Whigs, had been seduced into rebellion!
Visitations, armigerous families of the same name in the sixteenth century, already ancient, and perhaps bearing, it is curious to note, the same Christian names as the family which has forgotten them bears to-day.
The singer, who was knighted in 2006, is not the first pop star to become armigerous.
We, too, can be entitled, for a fee, to claim kin with eminent or at least socially presentable ancestors; to have a pedigree drawn up and illuminated, on quality paper or indeed (why not?) on parchment, complete with the coat of arms of some long-dead person of the same name: some armigerous Griffin of yesteryear, who may impress our friends and put a snap in our walk and a sneer on our lip as we mingle in a world where, in these democratic times, we have to live on terms of apparent equality with poor fellows who have no ancestors at all.