Definition of hatchment in English:

Share this entry

hatchment

Pronunciation: /ˈhatʃm(ə)nt/

noun

A large tablet, typically diamond-shaped, bearing the coat of arms of someone who has died, displayed in their honour.
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: hatch|ment

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.