cartouche

noun
car·​touche | \ kär-ˈtüsh How to pronounce cartouche (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cartouch

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

Examples of cartouche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several seals, which were used to seal papyri, have been found bearing her royal cartouche. National Geographic, "King Tut's grandparents were Egypt's royal power couple," 17 Sep. 2020 Included among the items were gold amulets, a relief with the cartouche of a Ptolemaic king, wooden tomb model figures, and two Roman period funerary stelae. Fox News, "NYC man who allegedly smuggled Egyptian artifacts through JFK airport in suitcases is indicted," 8 July 2020 Carved on one side was a cartouche with a bas-relief carving of George Washington standing on a pedestal, Lady Justice next to him and the dome of the Capitol in the background. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1932, the Garden Club of America thought D.C. needed fancier entryways," 5 May 2018 Kampp 150 most likely dates to the reign of Thutmose I—roughly a century earlier than Kampp 161—based on a cartouche found in the tomb. National Geographic, "3,500-Year-Old Tombs Uncovered in Egypt. One Has a Mummy," 9 Dec. 2017 But the cartouche’s evident hollowness, not to mention Murillo’s modern dress, insists that the painter has invented this looking-glass marble object as a game or a provocation. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Murillo: The Selfies (Yes, Spain’s Golden Age Had Them, Too)," 2 Nov. 2017 Huyot first showed Champollion a cartouche from Abu Simbel. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 19 Apr. 2017 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. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 19 Apr. 2017 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. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cartouche

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cartouche

Middle French cartouche, from Italian cartoccio, from carta

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6 Oct 2020

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“Cartouche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cartouche. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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