Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An escutcheon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shield for armorial bearings; an emblazoned shield; an escutcheon.
  • noun In medieval architecture, etc., a shield or plate on a door, from the center of which hung the doorhandle.
  • noun The cover of a keyhole, usually pivoted at the top, so as to drop over the keyhole by its weight. A sliding scutcheon is called a sheave.
  • noun A plate for an inscription, especially a small one for a name, as on a knife or a walking-stick.
  • noun In heraldry, same as escutcheon, 1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An escutcheon; an emblazoned shield.
  • noun A small plate of metal, as the shield around a keyhole. See Escutcheon, 4.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An escutcheon; an emblazoned shield (Wikipedia).
  • noun A small plate of metal, such as the shield around a keyhole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms
  • noun a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers

Etymologies

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Aphetic form of escutcheon.

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