Definition of cartouche in English:

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Pronunciation: /kärˈto͞oSH/


1A carved tablet or drawing representing a scroll with rolled-up ends, used ornamentally or bearing an inscription.
Example sentences
  • In fact, the inscriptions in the cartouches at the top of each scroll were taken from Genshin's treatise.
1.1 Archaeology An oval or oblong enclosing a group of Egyptian hieroglyphs, typically representing the name and title of a monarch.
Example sentences
  • The cartouche or oval ring enclosing the name of Tutankhamun was found on objects throughout his tomb.
  • Champollion wondered if the first hieroglyph in the cartouche, the disc, might represent the sun, and then he assumed its sound value to be that of the Coptic word for sun, ‘ra’.
  • As the son and successor of King Huni and Meresankh I, he was the first king to use the oval cartouche, as opposed to the rectangular serekh, to frame his name when it was written down.


Early 17th century: from French cartouche (masculine noun), earlier cartoche, from Italian cartoccio, from carta, from Latin carta, charta (see card1).

Words that rhyme with cartouche

barouche, douche, farouche, louche, ruche, sloosh, swoosh, tarboosh

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Syllabification: car·touche

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