escutcheon

noun
es·​cutch·​eon | \ i-ˈskə-chən How to pronounce escutcheon (audio) \

Definition of escutcheon

1 : a defined area on which armorial bearings are displayed and which usually consists of a shield
2 : a protective or ornamental plate or flange (as around a keyhole)
3 : the part of a ship's stern on which the name is displayed

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Recent Examples on the Web Hence the magnificent gables, the plaster scrolls, escutcheons, vases, masks, garlands, festoons, cartouches, balustrades, and whatnot. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Potato knob #K203 (on escutcheon #E414) in white bronze, medium patina, by Rocky Mountain Hardware. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Resource Guide Feb. 2004," 5 July 2012

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First Known Use of escutcheon

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for escutcheon

Middle English escochon, from Anglo-French escuchoun, from Vulgar Latin *scution-, scutio, from Latin scutum shield — more at esquire

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“Escutcheon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escutcheon. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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escutcheon

noun
es·​cutch·​eon | \ is-ˈkəch-ən How to pronounce escutcheon (audio) \

Medical Definition of escutcheon

: the configuration of adult pubic hair

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