Hatchment meaning

hăch'mənt
A panel bearing the coat of arms of a deceased person.
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A diamond-shaped panel bearing the coat of arms of a person who has recently died, displayed before the house during mourning.
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(heraldry) An escutcheon of a deceased person, placed within a black lozenge and hung on a wall.
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Origin of hatchment

  • Alteration of hachement, achiment from achievement escutcheon
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition