- 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 of escutcheonNorman 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
a blot on one's escutcheon
- 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 of escutcheonMiddle English escochon from Anglo-Norman escuchon from Vulgar Latin scūtiō scūtiōn- from Latin scūtum shield ; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
the areas of a shield
A. 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
- (heraldry) An individual or corporate coat of arms.
- (medicine) The pattern of distribution of hair upon the pubic mound.
- A marking upon the back of a cow's udder and the space above it (the perineum), formed by the hair growing upward or outward instead of downward. It was once taken as an index of milking qualities.
- (nautical) The part of a ship's stern where its name is displayed.
- A decorative and/or protective plate or bezel to fill the gap between a switch, pipe, valve, control knob, etc., and the surface from which it protrudes.
- The insignia around a doorknob's exterior hardware or a door lock's cosmetic plate.
- The depression behind the beak of certain bivalves; the ligamental area.