Definitions of escutcheon

  1. ( nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
  2. The surface, usually a shield, upon which bearings are marshaled and displayed. The surface of the escutcheon is called the field, the upper part is called the chief, and the lower part the base ( see Chiff, and Field.). That side of the escutcheon which is on the right hand of the knight who bears the shield on his arm is called dexter, and the other side sinister.
  3. A marking upon the back of a cow's udder and the space above it ( the perineum), formed by the hair growing upward or outward instead of downward. It is esteemed an index of milking qualities.
  4. That part of a vessel's stern on which her name is written.
  5. A thin metal plate or shield to protect wood, or for ornament, as the shield around a keyhole.
  6. The depression behind the beak of certain bivalves; the ligamental area.
  7. A shield on which the heraldic arms, or coat of arms, of a family are shown.
  8. A shield on which a coat of arms is represented: a family shield: the part of a vessel's stern bearing her name.
  9. Shield bearing a coat- of- arms.
  10. The shield on which a coat of arms is represented; the shield of a family; the picture of ensigns armorial; the part of a ship's sterb where her name is printed. Escutcheon of pretence, that on which a man carries his wife's coat of arms when she is the heiress of her family.
  11. See under escuage.
  12. The area on the rump of many quadrupeds which is either variously coloured or has the hair specially arranged ; the mesoscutellum of certain insects ; the ligamental area of certain bivalves.