Definitions of escutcheon

  1. (nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The surface, usually a shield, upon which bearings are marshaled and displayed. The surface of the escutcheon is called the field, the upper part is called the chief, and the lower part the base (see Chiff, and Field.). That side of the escutcheon which is on the right hand of the knight who bears the shield on his arm is called dexter, and the other side sinister. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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 is esteemed an index of milking qualities. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That part of a vessel's stern on which her name is written. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A thin metal plate or shield to protect wood, or for ornament, as the shield around a keyhole. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The depression behind the beak of certain bivalves; the ligamental area. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A shield on which the heraldic arms, or coat of arms, of a family are shown. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A shield on which a coat of arms is represented: a family shield: the part of a vessel's stern bearing her name. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Shield bearing a coat-of-arms. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The shield on which a coat of arms is represented; the shield of a family; the picture of ensigns armorial; the part of a ship's sterb where her name is printed. Escutcheon of pretence, that on which a man carries his wife's coat of arms when she is the heiress of her family. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. See under escuage. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. The area on the rump of many quadrupeds which is either variously coloured or has the hair specially arranged ; the mesoscutellum of certain insects ; the ligamental area of certain bivalves. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for escutcheon

  1. And to cover any little blots in his escutcheon I have made him an earl, as I may make you some day. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  2. All those who know Rome at all are probably familiar with the Monti escutcheon upon the wall of the Aldobrandini palace, and with the Campo Marzo crescent on a house wall at Capo le Case. – Rome by Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker Hope Malleson