escutcheon[e skuc̸h′ən, i-]
escutcheon definition by Webster's New World
- a shield or shield-shaped surface on which a coat of arms is displayed
- something shaped like an escutcheon; specif.,
- a protective, often ornamental shield or plate, as that around a keyhole
- the space on a ship's stern bearing the name
Origin: Norman French escuchon ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form scutio ; from Classical Latin scutum, shield ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form skeu-, to cover from source sky
escutcheon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Heraldry A shield or shield-shaped emblem bearing a coat of arms.
- An ornamental or protective plate, as for a keyhole.
- Nautical The plate on the stern of a ship inscribed with the ship's name.
Origin: Middle English escochon, from Anglo-Norman escuchon, from Vulgar Latin *scūtiō, scūtiōn-, from Latin scūtum, shield; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
- es·cutchˈeoned adjective
the areas of a shieldA. dexter chief B. center chief C. sinister chief D. dexter flank E. fess point F. sinister flank G. dexter base H. center base I. sinister base
escutcheon - Phrases/Idioms
a blot on one's escutcheon
a blot on (one's) escutcheon