a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted. See illus. under coat of arms.
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.

1470–80; < Old North French escuchonLatin scūtum shield

escutcheoned, adjective
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escutcheon (ɪˈskʌtʃən)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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

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Example sentences
To repair it, remove the faucet handle and escutcheon.
Other installments emphasize the putti with the papal escutcheon at the top.
All damaged plaster or wall surfaces shall be concealed by the jack escutcheon
Equip valve with four-arm handle, serrated hose end, and wall escutcheon.
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