- A protective, often ornamental shield or plate, as that around a keyhole.
- The space on a ship's stern bearing the name.
- Dishonor to one's reputation.
- A stain on one's honor; disgrace to one's reputation.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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