- IPA: /ˈhætʃmənt/
hatchment (plural hatchments)
- (heraldry) An escutcheon of a deceased person, placed within a black lozenge and hung on a wall
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene v], page 275 ↗, column 1:
- No Trophee, Sword, nor Hatchment o're his bones.
- 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.
- French: obiit