Escutcheon meaning

ĭ-skŭch'ən
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.

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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.
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A shield or shield-shaped emblem bearing a coat of arms.
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An ornamental or protective plate, as for a keyhole.
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The plate on the stern of a ship inscribed with the ship's name.
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A shield or shield-shaped surface on which a coat of arms is displayed.
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Something shaped like an escutcheon.
  • A protective, often ornamental shield or plate, as that around a keyhole.
  • The space on a ship's stern bearing the name.
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(heraldry) An individual or corporate coat of arms.
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(medicine) The pattern of distribution of hair upon the pubic mound.
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(nautical) The part of a ship's stern where its name is displayed.

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The insignia around a doorknob's exterior hardware or a door lock's cosmetic plate.
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The depression behind the beak of certain bivalves; the ligamental area.
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a blot on (one's) escutcheon
  • Dishonor to one's reputation.
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a blot on one's escutcheon
  • A stain on one's honor; disgrace to one's reputation.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a blot on (one's) escutcheon
a blot on one's escutcheon

Origin of escutcheon

  • Middle English escochon from Anglo-Norman escuchon from Vulgar Latin scūtiō scūtiōn- from Latin scūtum shield skei- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman escuchon, Old French escusson (French écusson), ultimately from Latin scutum (“shield”).
    From Wiktionary