[ ih-skuhch-uh n ]
/ ɪˈskʌtʃ ən /


a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted.
an ornamental or protective plate around a keyhole, door handle, drawer pull, light switch, etc.
Nautical. a panel on the stern of a vessel bearing its name and port of registry.


Nearby words

  1. escuintla,
  2. esculapian,
  3. esculent,
  4. esculin,
  5. escurial,
  6. esd.,
  7. esda,
  8. esdraelon,
  9. esdras,
  10. esdud


    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for escutcheon


/ (ɪˈskʌtʃən) /


a shield, esp a heraldic one that displays a coat of arms
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
the place on the stern or transom of a vessel where the name is shown
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



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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