cartouche definition

  • noun:
    • A structure or figure, frequently by means of an oval shield or oblong scroll, made use of as an architectural or graphic ornament or to keep a design or inscription.
    • An oval or oblong figure in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that encloses characters revealing the brands or epithets of royal or divine personages.
    • huge report cartridge situation.
    • An ornamental figure, usually on an oval guard.
    • an oval figure containing figures that represent the names of royal or divine individuals.
    • A paper cartridge.
    • A roll or situation of paper keeping a payment for a firearm; a cartridge.
    • A cartridge-box (which see).
    • an incident of timber bound about with marline, containing a few metal balls of a pound each and about 400 musket-balls, is fired from a cannon or howitzer. Farrow, Mil. Encyc.
    • An oval or oblong figure on ancient Egyptian monuments as well as in papyri, containing categories of characters articulating the names or titles of royal personages and, rarely, of deities: a name written by Champollion.
    • A painted, engraved, or sculptured decoration of irregular or fantastic type, inclosing an ordinary central space made use of as a field for inscriptions, etc.
    • In heraldry, a name given in England toward oval escutcheon usually present in Italian heraldry, and generally considered to be peculiar to ecclesiastics.
    • a cartridge (usually with report casing)

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