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[ih-skuhch-uh n]
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  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.
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  1. blot on one's escutcheon, a stain on one's reputation; disgrace.
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Origin of escutcheon

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

  • His escutcheon 'was the stake, the flame, and good men in it.'


    James Anthony Froude

  • Was not the British escutcheon of science dimmed when Priestley passed into exile?

    Priestley in America

    Edgar F. Smith

  • This term is sometimes used to denote an Escutcheon of Pretence.

  • Treachery to it is daubed on many an escutcheon in its heraldry.

  • War when I will, and rest when I list, is the motto of my escutcheon.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for escutcheon


  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
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Derived Formsescutcheoned, adjective

Word Origin

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


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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