ETYM Old Fren. escusson, French écusson, from Old Fren. escu shield, French écu. Related to Esquire, Scutcheon.
1. A shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms; SYN. scutcheon.
2. (Nautical) A plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed.
Part of ship's stern where name is displayedshield on which coat of arms is represented.
Shield, etc., bearing coat of arms.