[hach-muh nt]

noun Heraldry.

a square tablet, set diagonally, bearing the coat of arms of a deceased person.

Origin of hatchment

First recorded in 1540–50; variant (by syncopation and aspiration) of achievement
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Historical Examples of hatchment

  • For hatchment we find in the 16th century achement, and even achievement.

  • An earl's coronet now figured on the hatchment which hung over Castlewood gate—and there was an end of the jolly gentleman.

    The Virginians

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • It may be questioned if a hatchment is now hung up, either on the dwelling, or in a church, in any part of America.


    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The cessation of the ceremonial funeral, no doubt, led to the cult of the hatchment.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • If the family bore arms, the hatchment, emblazoned with this emblem, was hung upon the door.

British Dictionary definitions for hatchment



heraldry a diamond-shaped tablet displaying the coat of arms of a dead personAlso called: achievement

Word Origin for hatchment

C16: changed from achievement
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