follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

escutcheon

[ih-skuhch-uh n] /ɪˈskʌtʃ ən/
noun
1.
a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted.
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
1470-1480
1470-80; < Old North French escuchonLatin scūtum shield
Related forms
escutcheoned, adjective
unescutcheoned, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for blot on their escutcheon

escutcheon

/ɪˈskʌtʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
escutcheoned, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old Northern French escuchon, ultimately from Latin scūtum shield
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for blot on their escutcheon

escutcheon

n.

late 15c., from Old North French escuchon, variant of Old French escusson, from Vulgar Latin *scutionem, from Latin scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for blot on their escutcheon

escutcheon

in furniture design, an armorial shield sometimes applied to the centre of pediments on pieces of fine furniture and, also, the metal plate that surrounds a keyhole or the pivoting metal plate that sometimes covers the keyhole. The keyhole escutcheon has been used on cabinets and desks since the European Middle Ages, the designs matching the other metal mounts, such as hinges, and varying according to the fashions of the day. Early escutcheons were of wrought iron and might be quite plain, simply serving to prevent wear. From the 17th century, brass, which could be worked in finer designs, was used on fine furniture. For the most lavish designs, ormolu (gilded bronze or cast brass decoration) was used, especially in 18th-century France.

Learn more about escutcheon with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for escutcheon

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for blot

6
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for blot on their escutcheon