Heraldic dictionary – Tinctures

In this post in the “Heraldic dictionary” series providing interlanguage help on heraldry, we’ll focus on the heraldic tinctures.

I am only looking at the basic ones and ignoring the stains (tenne, mulberry, sanguine, etc.) and other country specific tinctures (such as rose, blue celeste, etc.).


Those above marked as “?” simply mean that I don’t know and couldn’t find the appropriate term. If anyone knows them, please feel free to post a comment or send me an email.

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  1. Ton de witte says:

    Dutch terms : Or = Goud, Argent = Zilver, Azure= Azuur, Gules = Keel, Purpure = Purper, Sable = Sabel, Vert = Sinopel
    Ermine = Hermelijn, Ermines = Tegen Hermelijn, Erminois = Goud Hermelijn, Pean = Tegen Goud Hermelijn, Vair = Vair, Counter Vair = Tegen Vair, Potent = Krukken Vair, Counter Potent = Tegen Krukken Vair.

    German : Counter Vair = Gegenfeh, Ermines = Gegen Hermelin, Erminois = Gold Hermelin

    French : Erminois = Hermine au Champ d’Or, Pean = Contre-hermine au Champ de Sable

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