blazon

noun
bla·​zon | \ ˈblā-zᵊn How to pronounce blazon (audio) \

Definition of blazon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : armorial bearings : coat of arms
b : the proper description or representation of heraldic or armorial bearings
2 : ostentatious display

blazon

verb
blazoned; blazoning\ ˈblāz-​niŋ How to pronounce blazoning (audio) , ˈblā-​zᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of blazon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to publish widely : proclaim
2a : to describe (heraldic or armorial bearings) in technical terms
b : to represent (armorial bearings) in drawing or engraving
3a : display
b : deck, adorn the town was blazoned with flags

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Other Words from blazon

Verb

blazoner \ ˈblāz-​nər How to pronounce blazoner (audio) , ˈblā-​zᵊn-​ər \ noun
blazoning noun

Examples of blazon in a Sentence

Verb their very public canoodling has pretty much blazoned the fact that they are having an affair the city's waterfront has been blazoned with banners celebrating the festival of tall ships
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Android-only app with the blazon of the French republic will be the only way for residents to create a legal digital ID and facial recognition will be its sole enabler. BostonGlobe.com, "None of that is deterring the French interior ministry.," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were lines at The Washington Post’s downtown office Thursday as fans sought to buy a copy of the day’s paper celebrating the win and a 12-page commemorative edition with a single-word headline blazoned across the top of the front page: CHAMPS! Washington Post, "World Series champs Washington Nationals get their parade," 2 Nov. 2019 There were Disney characters blazoned on the curtains, the soap, the armoire. James Marcus, The New Yorker, "A Dark Ride," 29 Oct. 2019 The far-right white nationalist Identitarian movement’s symbol, blazoned in gold against a black background, is the circle of an aspis, the round shield that was a Spartan warrior’s principal piece of equipment. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 The packaging—blazoned in #millennialpink with a fashion illo of lashes or lips—admittedly speaks to a slightly younger demo (as do the $10.50 glitter pots). Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "ASOS Is Launching Its Own Beauty Line and Everything's Under $20," 5 Sep. 2017 Already in 1492, when Christopher Columbus embarked for the Indies, the German mariner and cosmographer Georg Martin Behaim had blazoned an animal that might be a polar bear near the North Pole of his 1492 Erdapfel (Earth Apple) globe. Michael Engelhard, Smithsonian, "How Polar Bears Became the Dragons of the North," 31 May 2017 The company even sells monorail blazoned socks and others items paying homage to the ride that has existed since 1971 when the Magic Kingdom first opened. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney World's Monorail is endearing ride for children to pub crawlers," 25 June 2017 The Leave campaign bus was blazoned with a promise that quitting Europe could add 350 million pounds per week to the National Health Service. David Frum, The Atlantic, "The Punishment of Theresa May," 9 June 2017 Already in 1492, when Christopher Columbus embarked for the Indies, the German mariner and cosmographer Georg Martin Behaim had blazoned an animal that might be a polar bear near the North Pole of his 1492 Erdapfel (Earth Apple) globe. Michael Engelhard, Smithsonian, "How Polar Bears Became the Dragons of the North," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of blazon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blazon

Noun

Middle English blason, from Anglo-French

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The first known use of blazon was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Blazon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blazoning. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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