hatchment

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hatchment (plural hatchments)

  1. (heraldry) An escutcheon of a deceased person, placed within a black lozenge and hung on a wall
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 7:
      Having passed through Gaunt Square into Great Gaunt Street, the carriage at length stopped at a tall gloomy house between two other tall gloomy houses, each with a hatchment over the middle drawing-room window; as is the custom of houses in Great Gaunt Street, in which gloomy locality death seems to reign perpetual.

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