escutcheon(redirected from latch plate)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
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
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.
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.]
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]
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]
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||escutcheon - a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers|
|2.||escutcheon - (nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed|
plate - a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
|3.||escutcheon - a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms|