escutcheon

[ ih-skuhch-uh n ]
/ ɪˈskʌtʃ ən /

noun

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.

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Idioms

    blot on one's escutcheon, a stain on one's reputation; disgrace.

Origin of escutcheon

1470–80; < Old North French escuchonLatin scūtum shield

Related forms

es·cutch·eoned, adjectiveun·es·cutch·eoned, adjective
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escutcheon

/ (ɪˈskʌtʃən) /

noun

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 Forms

escutcheoned, adjective

Word Origin for escutcheon

C15: from Old Northern French escuchon, ultimately from Latin scūtum shield
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