Definition of hatchment in English:


Line breaks: hatch|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈhatʃm(ə)nt


  • A large tablet, typically diamond-shaped, bearing the coat of arms of someone who has died, displayed in their honour.
    More example sentences
    • Inside the Abbey, we saw the crest of the Maunsell family and over the choir pews, a very impressive hatchment mounted on the wall
    • The other hatchment is for Mrs. Henrietta Sleorgin who has the raised tomb outside the east window.
    • Shown above right is the hatchment of Charles Compton, 9th Earl and 1st Marquess of Northampton.


early 16th century: probably from obsolete French hachement, from Old French acesmement 'adornment'.

More definitions of hatchment

Definition of hatchment in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space