escutcheon
noun Etymology: Middle English escochon, from Anglo-French escuchoun, from Vulgar Latin *scution-, scutio, from Latin scutum shield — more at esquire Date: 15th century 1. a defined area on which armorial bearings are displayed and which usually consists of a shield 2. a protective or ornamental plate or flange (as around a keyhole) 3. the part of a ship's stern on which the name is displayed

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  • Escutcheon — Es*cutch eon, n. [OF. escusson, F. [ e]cusson, from OF. escu shield, F. [ e]cu. See {Esquire}, {Scutcheon}.] 1. (Her.) The surface, usually a shield, upon which bearings are marshaled and displayed. The surface of the escutcheon is called the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Escutcheon — may refer to: * Escutcheon (heraldry) a term used in heraldry for the shield displayed in a coat of arms. * Escutcheon in medicine, refers to the male or female distribution of pubic hair. * Escutcheon (furniture) an architectural item of door… …   Wikipedia

  • escutcheon — ► NOUN 1) a shield or emblem bearing a coat of arms. 2) a flat piece of metal framing a keyhole, door handle, or light switch. ● a blot on one s escutcheon Cf. ↑a blot on one s escutcheon ORIGIN Old French escuchon, from Latin scutum shield …   English terms dictionary

  • escutcheon — [e skuch′ən, iskuch′ən] n. [NormFr escuchon < VL * scutio < L scutum, shield < ? IE base * skeu , to cover > SKY] 1. a shield or shield shaped surface on which a coat of arms is displayed 2. something shaped like an escutcheon; specif …   English World dictionary

  • escutcheon — late 15c., from O.N.Fr. escuchon, variant of O.Fr. escusson, from V.L. *scutionem, from L. scutum shield (see HIDE (Cf. hide) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • escutcheon — n. 1) an armorial escutcheon 2) (misc.) (humorous) a blot on one s escutcheon * * * [ɪ skʌtʃ(ə)n] (misc.) (humorous) a blot on one s escutcheon an armorial escutcheon …   Combinatory dictionary

  • escutcheon — escutcheoned, adj. /i skuch euhn/, n. 1. a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted. See illus. under coat of arms. 2. an ornamental or protective plate around a keyhole, door handle, drawer pull, light switch, etc. 3.… …   Universalium

  • escutcheon — [ɪ skʌtʃ(ə)n, ɛ ] noun 1》 a shield or emblem bearing a coat of arms. 2》 a flat piece of metal framing a keyhole, door handle, or light switch. Phrases a blot on one s escutcheon a stain on one s reputation or character. escutcheon of pretence a… …   English new terms dictionary

  • escutcheon — UK [ɪˈskʌtʃ(ə)n] / US [ɪˈskʌtʃən] noun [countable] Word forms escutcheon : singular escutcheon plural escutcheons a shield decorated with someone s coat of arms …   English dictionary

  • escutcheon — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. shield, coat of arms, crest; see arms 2 , badge 2 . • a blot on one s escutcheon, Syn. stain, stigma, disgrace; see scandal …   English dictionary for students

  • escutcheon — n 1. shield, heraldic shield, scutcheon, Chiefly Brit. hatchment, Heraldry. lozenge. 2. blot on one’s escutcheon shame, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute; stigma, stain, tarnish, smirch, smudge, spot, blot; skeleton in one s closet …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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