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Hatchment   Listen
noun
Hatchment  n.  
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."
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."






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