cartouche

noun car·touche \ kär-ˈtüsh \
variants: or less commonly cartouch
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of cartouche

1 : a gun cartridge with a paper case
2 : an ornate or ornamental frame
3 : an oval or oblong figure (as on ancient Egyptian monuments) enclosing a sovereign's name

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  • Recognizing the names of Ptolemy V and Cleopatra in Greek as well as two cartouches indicating proper names among the hieroglyphs, Bankes contacted Thomas Young, an English scholar who had deciphered the cartouche of Ptolemy from the Rosetta Stone.
  • Recognizing the names of Ptolemy V and Cleopatra in Greek as well as two cartouches indicating proper names among the hieroglyphs, Bankes contacted Thomas Young, an English scholar who had deciphered the cartouche of Ptolemy from the Rosetta Stone.

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Origin and Etymology of cartouche

Medieval French cartouche, from Italian cartoccio, from carta


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