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n. Heraldry
A panel bearing the coat of arms of a deceased person.

[Alteration of hachement, achiment, from achievement, escutcheon.]


(Heraldry) heraldry a diamond-shaped tablet displaying the coat of arms of a dead person. Also called: achievement
[C16: changed from achievement]


(ˈhætʃ mənt)

a square tablet bearing the coat of arms of a deceased person.
[1540–50; variant of achievement]
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continued Rebecca; ``alas, is the rusted mail which hangs as a hatchment over the champion's dim and mouldering tomb is the defaced sculpture of the inscription which the ignorant monk can hardly read to the enquiring pilgrim are these sufficient rewards for the sacrifice of every kindly affection, for a life spent miserably that ye may make others miserable?
Quartered in this dingy hatchment commemorative of Symond are the legal bearings of Mr.
There was a christening party at the largest coffin-maker's and a funeral hatchment had stopped some great improvements in the bravest mansion.
Having passed through Gaunt Square into Great Gaunt Street, the carriage at length stopped at a tall gloomy house between two other tall gloomy houses, each with a hatchment over the middle drawing- room window; as is the custom of houses in Great Gaunt Street, in which gloomy locality death seems to reign perpetual.
The house so drearily out of repair, the occasional bow-window, the stuccoed house, the newly-fronted house, the corner house with nothing but angular rooms, the house with the blinds always down, the house with the hatchment always up, the house where the collector has called for one quarter of an Idea, and found nobody at home--who has not dined with these?
The walls of the Church of Our Lady display six 5ft-square rare funeral hatchments.
A fashion for hatchments ( a corruption of the word achievement ( began in the 17th Century.
For those who can read the symbols, the hatchments and their background colours impart information about the deceased.
John Thomson, who has restored five of our eight hatchments, described the conservation process to Myrna and Bernice and other visiting UEL members.
The tradition in eighteenth-century Halifax was that the funeral of a notable person required a hatchment.
Of particular interest were the hatchments that are currently being restored.