Meaning of cartouche

car•touche

Pronunciation: (kär-tsh'), [key]
— n.
  1. a rounded, convex surface, usually surrounded with carved ornamental scrollwork, for receiving a painted or low-relief decoration, as an escutcheon.
  2. an oval or oblong figure, as on ancient Egyptian monuments, enclosing characters that represent the name of a sovereign.
  3. the case containing the inflammable materials in certain fireworks.
  4. cartridge (def. 1).
  5. a box for cartridges.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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