blot on one's escutcheon

escutcheon

[ih-skuhch-uhn]
noun
1.
a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted. See illus. under coat of arms.
2.
an ornamental or protective plate around a keyhole, door handle, drawer pull, light switch, etc.
3.
Nautical. a panel on the stern of a vessel bearing its name and port of registry.
Idioms
4.
blot on one's escutcheon, a stain on one's reputation; disgrace.

Origin:
1470–80; < Old North French escuchonLatin scūtum shield

escutcheoned, adjective
unescutcheoned, adjective
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escutcheon (ɪˈskʌtʃən)
 
n
1.  a shield, esp a heraldic one that displays a coat of arms
2.  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
3.  the place on the stern or transom of a vessel where the name is shown
4.  blot on one's escutcheon a stain on one's honour
 
[C15: from Old Northern French escuchon, ultimately from Latin scūtum shield]
 
es'cutcheoned
 
adj

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escutcheon
late 15c., from O.N.Fr. escuchon, variant of O.Fr. escusson, from L. scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)).
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