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Meaning of HATCHMENT

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Hatch"ment\, n. [Corrupt. fr. achievement.]
1. (Her.) A sort of panel, upon which the arms of a deceased
   person are temporarily displayed, -- usually on the walls
   of his dwelling. It is lozenge-shaped or square, but is
   hung cornerwise. It is used in England as a means of
   giving public notification of the death of the deceased,
   his or her rank, whether married, widower, widow, etc.
   Called also {achievement}.

         His obscure funeral; No trophy, sword, or hatchment
         o'er his bones.                       --Shak.

2. A sword or other mark of the profession of arms; in
   general, a mark of dignity.

         Let there be deducted, out of our main potation,
         Five marks in hatchments to adorn this thigh.
                                               --Beau. & Fl.

 

 

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