Escutcheon



a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted.
an ornamental or protective plate around a keyhole, door handle, drawer pull, light switch, etc.
Nautical. a panel on the stern of a vessel bearing its name and port of registry.
blot on one’s escutcheon, a stain on one’s reputation; disgrace.
Historical Examples

The War and the Churches Joseph McCabe
The Handbook to English Heraldry Charles Boutell
The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2) Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Bunyan James Anthony Froude
Sentimental Education, Volume II Gustave Flaubert
Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
Sketches of Successful New Hampshire Men Various
Phelim O’toole’s Courtship and Other Stories William Carleton
Mike P. G. Wodehouse
The Memoirs of Victor Hugo Victor Hugo

noun
a shield, esp a heraldic one that displays a coat of arms
Also called escutcheon plate. a plate or shield that surrounds a keyhole, door handle, light switch, etc, esp an ornamental one protecting a door or wall surface
the place on the stern or transom of a vessel where the name is shown
blot on one’s escutcheon, a stain on one’s honour
n.

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