Orle (?), n. [F. orle an orle, a fillet, fr. LL. orla border, dim. of L. ora border, margin.]
A bearing, in the form of a fillet, round the shield, within, but at some distance from, the border.
The wreath, or chaplet, surmounting or encircling the helmet of a knight and bearing the crest.
In orle, round the escutcheon, leaving the middle of the field vacant, or occupied by something else; -- said of bearings arranged on the shield in the form of an orle.
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