Definition for Arms

arms, plural n. [Fr. < L. arma, fittings, tackle, gear < IE ar-, to fit, join.] (webplay: law).

Weapons of war; instruments of defense; tools of protection, indicating the status of a gentleman; [clipping of “coat of arms”] status symbols; armorial ensigns of a noble family; colorful figures on shields and banners; marks of distinction passed from father to son.

Return to page 48 of the letter “a”.