Escutcheon of pretense

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Escutcheon of pretense an escutcheon used in English heraldry to display the arms of the bearer's wife; -- not commonly used unless she an heiress. Cf. Impalement.
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Usage

In literature:

I have not the most distant pretensions to assume that character which the pye-coated guardians of escutcheons call a gentleman.
"The Letters of Robert Burns" by Robert Burns
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