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escutcheon
the areas of a shield
A. dexter chief
B. center chief
C. sinister chief
D. dexter flank
E. fess point
F. sinister flank
G. dexter base
H. center base
I. sinister base

es·cutch·eon

 (ĭ-skŭch′ən)
n.
1. Heraldry A shield or shield-shaped emblem bearing a coat of arms.
2. An ornamental or protective plate, as for a keyhole.
3. 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.

[Middle English escochon, from Anglo-Norman escuchon, from Vulgar Latin *scūtiō, scūtiōn-, from Latin scūtum, shield; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

es·cutch′eoned adj.

escutcheon

(ɪˈskʌtʃən)
n
1. (Heraldry) a shield, esp a heraldic one that displays a coat of arms
2. (Heraldry) Also called: escutcheon plate a plate or shield that surrounds a keyhole, door handle, light switch, etc, esp an ornamental one protecting a door or wall surface
3. (Nautical Terms) the place on the stern or transom of a vessel where the name is shown
4. blot on one's escutcheon a stain on one's honour
[C15: from Old Northern French escuchon, ultimately from Latin scūtum shield]
esˈcutcheoned adj

es•cutch•eon

(ɪˈskʌtʃ ən)

n.
1. a shield or shieldlike surface on which a coat of arms is depicted.
2. an ornamental or protective plate around a keyhole, door handle, drawer pull, light switch, etc.
3. a panel on the stern of a vessel bearing its name.
Idioms:
blot on one's escutcheon, a stain on one's reputation; disgrace.
[1470–80; < Old North French escuchon « Latin scūtum shield]
es•cutch′eoned, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.escutcheon - a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
protective cover, protective covering, protection - a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury; "they had no protection from the fallout"; "wax provided protection for the floors"
2.escutcheon - (nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
plate - a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
after part, stern, poop, tail, quarter - the rear part of a ship
3.escutcheon - a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms
buckler, shield - armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
Translations

escutcheon

[ɪsˈkʌtʃən] Nescudo m de armas, blasón m (fig) → honor m

escutcheon

nWappen nt; it is a blot on his escutcheondas ist ein Fleck auf seiner weißen Weste
References in classic literature ?
Their escutcheons have long mouldered from the walls of their castles.
There shall it flame for ages, making a noonday of midnight, glittering on the suits of armor, the banners, and escutcheons, that hang around the wall, and keeping bright the memory of heroes.
They were surmounted with old faded painted escutcheons, and here and there, in the spaces between them, brown pictures, which I perceived to be bad, in battered frames, were suspended.
Then the way went by long lines of dark windows diversified by turreted towers and porches of eccentric shapes, where old stone lions and grotesque monsters bristled outside dens of shadow and snarled at the evening gloom over the escutcheons they held in their grip.
For having set in the Hôtel des Tournelles six panes of white glass in the place where the iron cage is, thirteen sols; for having made and delivered by command of the king, on the day of the musters, four shields with the escutcheons of the said seigneur, encircled with garlands of roses all about, six livres; for two new sleeves to the king's old doublet, twenty sols; for a box of grease to grease the boots of the king, fifteen deniers; a stable newly made to lodge the king's black pigs, thirty livres parisis; many partitions, planks, and trap-doors, for the safekeeping of the lions at Saint-Paul, twenty-two livres.
I confess I looked with some interest myself towards the old family pew, appertaining to Wildfell Hall, where the faded crimson cushions and lining had been unpressed and unrenewed so many years, and the grim escutcheons, with their lugubrious borders of rusty black cloth, frowned so sternly from the wall above.
On every side the captured were flying before their relentless persecutors, while the armed columns of the Christian king stood fast in an apathy which has never been explained, and which has left an immovable blot on the otherwise fair escutcheon of their leader.
All around, there were monuments carved with armorial bearings; and on this simple slab of slate -- as the curious investigator may still discern, and perplex himself with the purport -- there appeared the semblance of an engraved escutcheon.
If Europe ever becomes a grand council of free nations,--as I trust in God it will,--if, there, serfdom, and all unjust and oppressive social inequalities, are done away; and if they, as France and England have done, acknowledge our position,--then, in the great congress of nations, we will make our appeal, and present the cause of our enslaved and suffering race; and it cannot be that free, enlightened America will not then desire to wipe from her escutcheon that bar sinister which disgraces her among nations, and is as truly a curse to her as to the enslaved.
Deep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only three men; he must have died of two.
Now it might have been supposed that a Circle -- proud of his ancestry and regardful for a posterity which might possibly issue hereafter in a Chief Circle -- would be more careful than any other to choose a wife who had no blot on her escutcheon.
I bedewed his grave with my tears, worked a bar sinister on his family escutcheon, and, for the general expenses of his funeral, sent in my very moderate bill to the transcendentalists.