cartouche

[kahr-toosh]
noun
1.
Architecture. a rounded, convex surface, usually surrounded with carved ornamental scrollwork, for receiving a painted or low-relief decoration, as an escutcheon.
2.
an oval or oblong figure, as on ancient Egyptian monuments, enclosing characters that represent the name of a sovereign.
3.
the case containing the inflammable materials in certain fireworks.
4.
cartridge ( def 1 ).
5.
a box for cartridges.
Also, cartouch.


Origin:
1605–15; < Middle French < Italian cartoccio, equivalent to cart(a) paper (see carte) + -occio augmentative suffix

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cartouche or cartouch (kɑːˈtuːʃ)
 
n
1.  a carved or cast ornamental tablet or panel in the form of a scroll, sometimes having an inscription
2.  an oblong figure enclosing characters expressing royal or divine names in Egyptian hieroglyphics
3.  the paper case holding combustible materials in certain fireworks
4.  rare a cartridge or a box for cartridges
 
[C17: from French: scroll, cartridge, from Italian cartoccio, from carta paper; see card1]
 
cartouch or cartouch
 
n
 
[C17: from French: scroll, cartridge, from Italian cartoccio, from carta paper; see card1]

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cartouche
1611, Fr. form of cartridge (q.v.). Application to Egyptian hieroglyphics dates from 1830, on resemblance to rolled paper cartridges.
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Example sentences for Cartouches
They often had elaborate cartouches giving the name of the estate owner.
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