escutcheon

[ih-skuhch-uh n]
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noun
  1. a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted.
  2. an ornamental or protective plate around a keyhole, door handle, drawer pull, light switch, etc.
  3. Nautical. a panel on the stern of a vessel bearing its name and port of registry.
Idioms
  1. blot on one's escutcheon, a stain on one's reputation; disgrace.

Origin of escutcheon

1470–80; < Old North French escuchonLatin scūtum shield
Related formses·cutch·eoned, adjectiveun·es·cutch·eoned, adjective
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Related Words for escutcheon

crest, arms

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British Dictionary definitions for escutcheon

escutcheon

noun
  1. a shield, esp a heraldic one that displays a coat of arms
  2. Also called: escutcheon plate a plate or shield that surrounds a keyhole, door handle, light switch, etc, esp an ornamental one protecting a door or wall surface
  3. the place on the stern or transom of a vessel where the name is shown
  4. blot on one's escutcheon a stain on one's honour
Derived Formsescutcheoned, adjective

Word Origin for escutcheon

C15: from Old Northern French escuchon, ultimately from Latin scūtum shield
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Word Origin and History for escutcheon
n.

late 15c., from Old North French escuchon, variant of Old French escusson, from Vulgar Latin *scutionem, from Latin scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)).

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