tressure


tressure

tressure [tresh-er] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. Heraldry. a narrower diminutive of the orle, usually ornamented with fleurs-de-lis at the edges and often doubled.
  2. Numismatics. an ornamental border enclosing the type on a coin or medal.

Origin of tressure 1275–1325; late Middle English Middle French, equivalent to tress(er) to braid, plait (derivative of tresse tress) + -ure -ure; replacing Middle English tressour Middle French tresseor, tressoir Related formstres·sured, adjective Examples from the Web for tressure Historical Examples of tressure

  • The tressure should be double, but in this instance it is single.

    Royal English Bookbindings

    Cyril Davenport

  • The border surrounding the lion is heraldically known as the tressure.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme

  • The same rule, by the way, applies to the tressure, but not to the orle.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • The first authentic illustration of the tressure in the arms of Scotland dates from the year 1260.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme

  • In 1471 there was a curious attempt of the Scottish Parliament to displace the tressure.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • British Dictionary definitions for tressure tressure noun

    1. heraldry a narrow inner border on a shield, usually decorated with fleurs-de-lys

    Derived Formstressured, adjectiveWord Origin for tressure C14: from Old French tressour, from trecier to plait, from trece tress

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