What does the word scutcheon mean?

Usage examples for scutcheon

  1. It is the lofty tower that falls with the heaviest crash; it is the stately soul that suffers the deepest abasement; it is the white scutcheon on which the dark stain seems to wear its darkest hue. – Julian Home by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  2. What a blot on the scutcheon of a would- be Columbus! – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
  3. Over each waved the scutcheon of the president. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli