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 The bottle’s label has an appealing throwback design, with a version of the cartouche that originally appeared on age statement Jack a century ago. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Sep. 2021 The label also looks strikingly like the historic bottle, recreating the vintage gold cartouche on the label. Gina Pace, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Some mud bricks bear the seal of King Amenhotep III’s cartouche, or name insignia. Fox News, 11 Apr. 2021 In the garden, my father sits in his wheelchair garlanded by summer hibiscus like a saint in a seventeenth-century cartouche. Sarah Holland-batt, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 Several seals, which were used to seal papyri, have been found bearing her royal cartouche. National Geographic, 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, 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, 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, 9 Dec. 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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“Cartouche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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