Hatchment definition

hăchmənt
A panel bearing the coat of arms of a deceased person.
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(heraldry) 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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hatchment
Plural:
hatchments

Origin of hatchment

  • Alteration of hachement, achiment from achievement escutcheon

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