Cartouche definition

kär-to͝osh
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A structure or figure, often in the shape of an oval shield or oblong scroll, used as an architectural or graphic ornament or to bear a design or inscription.
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A scroll-like ornament or tablet, esp. as an architectural feature.
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A heavy paper cartridge case.
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An oval or oblong figure in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that encloses characters expressing the names or epithets of royal or divine personages.
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On Egyptian monuments, an oval or oblong figure containing the hieroglyphs of the name of a ruler or deity.
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(obs.) A paper cartridge for a firearm.
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(architecture) An ornamental figure, often on an oval shield.
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(Egyptian hieroglyphics) An oval figure containing characters that represent the names of royal or divine people.
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A wooden case filled with balls, to be shot from a cannon.
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A gunner's bag for ammunition.
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A military pass for a soldier on furlough.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of cartouche - cartouch

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cartouche
Plural:
cartouches

Origin of cartouche

  • French from Italian cartoccio paper cornet from carta card, paper carton

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French cartouche, from Italian cartuccia, from carta, from Latin charta, from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khartēs).

    From Wiktionary