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 Englishescochon, fromAnglo-Normanescuchon, fromVulgar Latin*scūtiō, scūtiōn-, fromLatinscūtum, shield; see skei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)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
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