- Architecture. a rounded, convex surface, usually surrounded with carved ornamental scrollwork, for receiving a painted or low-relief decoration, as an escutcheon.
- an oval or oblong figure, as on ancient Egyptian monuments, enclosing characters that represent the name of a sovereign.
- the case containing the inflammable materials in certain fireworks.
- cartridge(def 1).
- a box for cartridges.
Origin of cartouche
Related Words for cartouchewheel, shell, cylinder, ball, convolution, bobbin, spiral, spool, fold, cone, whorl, coil, barrel, reel, scroll, cornucopia, cartouche, trundle, volute, rundle
Examples from the Web for cartouche
Historical Examples of cartouche
I shall tell you later when I have deciphered his cartouche.The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5
Cartouche, as usual, was fixed upon; and in the tick of his bed, lo!
"Give him another ball," said Cartouche; and another was fired into him.
XX, 29, is perhaps a name compounded with that of a king, the latter being in a cartouche.
The name in a cartouche seems to be Ka-kau-ra, which is not that of a known king.
- a carved or cast ornamental tablet or panel in the form of a scroll, sometimes having an inscription
- an oblong figure enclosing characters expressing royal or divine names in Egyptian hieroglyphics
- the paper case holding combustible materials in certain fireworks
- rare a cartridge or a box for cartridges
Word Origin for cartouche
1610s, "scroll-like ornament," also "paper cartridge," from French cartouche, the French form of cartridge (q.v.). Application to Egyptian hieroglyphics dates from 1830, on resemblance to rolled paper cartridges.