Meaning of escutcheon


An escutcheon is a shield with a particular family’s coat of arms on it. Long ago, knights carried escutcheons into battle.

Escutcheon comes from the Old French escusson, which was both a “half-crown coin” and also a “coat of arms,” from a Latin root meaning “shield.” An escutcheon can be an actual shield, held as defense from an opponent’s sword, or the shape of a shield, especially when it’s part of a coat of arms. A more modern meaning of this word is “flat metal around a keyhole,” a piece of hardware with a vaguely shield-like shape.

Definitions of escutcheon
  1. noun

    a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms



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    type of:

    buckler, shield

    armor carried on the arm to intercept blows

  2. noun

    a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers


    finger plate, scutcheon

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    type of:

    protection, protective cover, protective covering

    a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury

  3. noun

    (nautical) a plate on a ship’s stern on which the name is inscribed

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    a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic

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