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An ordinary is an area of tincture that covers a large part of the shield. Ordinaries drawn with thinner lines are referred to as diminutives. As a rule of thumb, an ordinary should cover 1/3 of the area of the shield. Smaller geometric shapes are often called subordinaries.

Types of Ordinaries

One-Edged Ordinaries

Two-Edged Ordinaries

Three-Edged Ordinaries

Four-Edged Ordinaries

Cotising and Fimbriation

As ordinaries and sub-ordinaries are simple charges they may be cotised, fimbriated or voided, so long as they are not peripheral ordinaries (such as a bordure or chief).