Definition of cartouche noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kɑːˈtuːʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrˈtuːʃ//
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an oblong or oval shape which contains a set of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, often representing the name and title of a king or queen Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French cartouche (masculine noun), earlier cartoche, from Italian cartoccio, from carta, from Latin carta, charta, from Greek khartēs ‘papyrus leaf’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cartouche