MEANING: noun:
1. An ornamental or protective plate surrounding a keyhole, light switch, door handle, etc.
2. Used in the phrase: blot on one's escutcheon (a stain on one's reputation).
3. A shield or shield-shaped surface bearing a coat of arms.

From Latin scutum (shield). Earliest documented use: 1480.


ESCUTCHEWON - Province of Canada, third from the left; capital: Regina; major city: Saskatoon