from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Heraldry A shield or shield-shaped emblem bearing a coat of arms.
- n. An ornamental or protective plate, as for a keyhole.
- n. Nautical The plate on the stern of a ship inscribed with the ship's name.
- idiom a blot on (one's) escutcheon Dishonor to one's reputation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An individual or corporate coat of arms.
- n. A decorative and/or protective plate or bezel to fill the gap between a switch, pipe, valve, control knob, etc., and the surface from which it protrudes.
- n. The insignia around a doorknob's exterior hardware or a door lock's cosmetic plate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The surface, usually a shield, upon which bearings are marshaled and displayed. The surface of the escutcheon is called the field, the upper part is called the chief, and the lower part the base (see chiff, and field.). That side of the escutcheon which is on the right hand of the knight who bears the shield on his arm is called dexter, and the other side sinister.
- n. A marking upon the back of a cow's udder and the space above it (the perineum), formed by the hair growing upward or outward instead of downward. It is esteemed an index of milking qualities.
- n. That part of a vessel's stern on which her name is written.
- n. A thin metal plate or shield to protect wood, or for ornament, as the shield around a keyhole.
- n. The depression behind the beak of certain bivalves; the ligamental area.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In heraldry, the surface upon which are charged a person's armorial bearings, other than the crest, motto, supporters, etc., which are borne separately.
- n. Something, either artificial or natural, having more or less resemblance to an escutcheon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
- n. a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms
- n. (nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
Middle English escochon, from Anglo-Norman escuchon, from Vulgar Latin *scūtiō, scūtiōn-, from Latin scūtum, shield.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman escuchon, ultimately from Latin scutum ("shield"). (Wiktionary)