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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An escutcheon.
  • n. A shield-shaped object, such as a scute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shield for armorial bearings; an emblazoned shield; an escutcheon.
  • n. In medieval architecture, etc., a shield or plate on a door, from the center of which hung the doorhandle.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A plate for an inscription, especially a small one for a name, as on a knife or a walking-stick.
  • n. In heraldry, same as escutcheon, 1.

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

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

Etymologies

Aphetic form of escutcheon. (Wiktionary)

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