• WordNet 3.6
    • n escutcheon a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms
    • n escutcheon (nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
    • n escutcheon a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Escutcheon 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.
    • Escutcheon (Carp) A thin metal plate or shield to protect wood, or for ornament, as the shield around a keyhole.
    • Escutcheon (Naut) That part of a vessel's stern on which her name is written.
    • Escutcheon (Zoöl) The depression behind the beak of certain bivalves; the ligamental area.
    • Escutcheon (Her) 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 basesee 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n escutcheon In heraldry, the surface upon which are charged a person's armorial bearings, other than the crest, motto, supporters, etc., which are borne separately. This surface is usually shield-shaped, and shield is often used as synonymous with escutcheon. But the escutcheon of a woman is lozenge-shaped and should not be styled a shield, and the sculptured escutcheons of the eighteenth century were commonly panels of fantastic form, surrounded by rococo scrollwork, and usually having a convex rounded surface. (See cartouche, 7.) The space within the outline of the escutcheon is called, for the purposes of blazon, the field. (See field.) A shield used as a bearing is sometimes improperly called an escutcheon. See shield. Also scutcheon.
    • n escutcheon Something, either artificial or natural, having more or less resemblance to an escutcheon. Specifically— Nautical, the panel on a ship's stern where her name is painted
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Escutcheon es-kuch′un a shield on which a coat of arms is represented: a family shield: the part of a vessel's stern bearing her name
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  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “A blot in thy escutcheon to all futurity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. escusson, F. écusson, from OF. escu, shield, F. écu,. See Esquire Scutcheon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escuchon—L. scutum, a shield.


In literature:

And now at sight of them they embrace and wet them with tears and kiss the escutcheon of St. Mark.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
On the outside of the barge shone three dozen illuminated royal escutcheons.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
I am afraid that it will be my task to tarnish her escutcheon.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
This blot upon his escutcheon must be wiped off.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
The duke is represented clothed in armour and reclining between six lions, which hold aloft his escutcheon.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
On her way, she again passed the pedigree, and turning her glowing countenance upon it, a black escutcheon met her eye.
"Tales from the German" by Various
Their escutcheons have long moldered from the walls of their castles.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 4" by Various
Neither names nor escutcheons, neither liveries nor places at court, had been suppressed.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
Must this blot rest upon our beloved country, and tarnish its escutcheon forever?
"Three Prize Essays on American Slavery" by R. B. Thurston
It is certain also, in fine, that this broad designation of social democracy serves as an escutcheon and a buckler to many intruders.
"Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History" by Antonio Labriola

In poetry:

And I--oh, I was nobody: one
Her worshiper only; who chose to be
Silent, seeing that love alone
Was his only badge of nobility,
Set in his heart's escutcheon.
"My Lady Of Verne" by Madison Julius Cawein
Not once, in all those years so dark and grim,
Your columns from the path of duty strayed;
No craven act made your escutcheon dim--
'Twas burnished with your blood, Mahone's Brigade.
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope
Just when we cherish him the most, and youthful, sunny pride
Sits on his curly front, to see him die ere we have died.--
Whose fault?--Ah, God!--not mine! but his, that ancestor who gave
Escutcheon to our humble house--a Death's-head and a Grave.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Lock cylinders were located in odd places like under a snap-off cover on VW door handles or on the bottom of the escutcheon plate on some hotel locks.
His name's inscribed on the pistols' silver escutcheons, but who was John P Thompson ROADSHOW worked with History Detectives to find out.