Words at Play : Words For Things You Didn't Know Have Names, Vol. 2

#4: Escutcheon

Definition:

a protective or ornamental plate around a keyhole

Example Sentence:

The supervising housekeeper reminded new employees to polish the escutcheons each week.

About the Word:

This word comes from the Latin scutum, meaning "shield." The original escutcheon was a shield (or something that resembled a shield) that bore a coat of arms; escutcheon also refers to the part of a ship's stern where the name is displayed.

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