scutcheon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scutcheon a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms
    • n scutcheon 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
    • Scutcheon A small plate of metal, as the shield around a keyhole. See Escutcheon, 4.
    • Scutcheon An escutcheon; an emblazoned shield. "The corpse lay in state, with all the pomp of scutcheons , wax lights, black hangings, and mutes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scutcheon A shield for armorial bearings; an emblazoned shield; an escutcheon.
    • n scutcheon In medieval architecture, etc., a shield or plate on a door, from the center of which hung the doorhandle.
    • n scutcheon The cover of a keyhole, usually pivoted at the top, so as to drop over the keyhole by its weight. A sliding scutcheon is called a sheave.
    • n scutcheon A plate for an inscription, especially a small one for a name, as on a knife or a walking-stick.
    • n scutcheon In heraldry, same as escutcheon, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scutcheon skuch′un (Spens.) escutcheon, shield, device on a shield.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Aphetic form of escutcheon,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Escutcheon.

Usage

In literature:

The stern and barren rock from which they sprang, and the comet of their scutcheon, are the true symbols of their nature.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
A Blot on the 'Scutcheon, 108, 110, 113.
"Modern English Books of Power" by George Hamlin Fitch
Over each waved the scutcheon of the president.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
The deck was ablaze with pennons and scutcheons.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
Scutcheon: = scutellum; q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The result was that on close scrutiny five thousand supposed citizens had a blot on their 'scutcheon.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Above were the Rosen arms upon a large scutcheon, also of bronze, the shield of the good knight who slept within the tent.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
Money must be got somehow, and our ancient family 'scutcheon must be regilt at any cost.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
To associate the name of Liftore with his would be to blot the scutcheon of Lossie.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
Therefore I'll none of it; honour is a mere scutcheon; and so ends my catechism.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
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In poetry:

And the dwellers were filled in that solemn place,
With the trance of a sullen pride;
For the scutcheoned grace of a titled race
Is the armour the heart to hide!
"The Better Hope" by Ernest Jones
This is the end whereto men toiled
Before thy coachman guessed his fate,—
How thou shouldst leave thy, 'scutcheoned gate
On that new wheel which is the oiled—
"Fastness" by Rudyard Kipling
Forth, then, to front that peril of the deep
With smiling lips and in your eyes the light,
Steadfast and confident, of those who keep
Their storied 'scutcheon bright.
"Pro Patria" by Sir Owen Seaman
To the barrier of the fight
Rode at last a sable Knight.
Sir Knight! your name and scutcheon say!
Should I speak it here,
Ye would stand aghast with fear;
I am a Prince of mighty sway!
"The Black Knight. (From The German Of Uhland)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Glory to those who, killed in glorious fray,
Lie where they fell upon the Egyptian plain:
From the fair scutcheon of our fame away.
Strong English hands have wiped the stain to-day,
Avenged is Gordon slain!
"Omdurman" by Cicely Fox Smith
And England, too, shall glory in her son,
Her warrior-poet, first in song and fight.
No longer now shall Slander's venomed spite
Crawl like a snake across his perfect name,
Or mar the lordly scutcheon of his fame.
"Ravenna" by Oscar Wilde