em·​bla·​zon | \ im-ˈblā-zᵊn How to pronounce emblazon (audio) \
emblazoned; emblazoning\ im-​ˈblāz-​niŋ How to pronounce emblazon (audio) , -​ˈblā-​zᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of emblazon

transitive verb

1a : to inscribe or adorn with or as if with heraldic bearings or devices
b : to inscribe (something, such as heraldic bearings) on a surface
2 : celebrate, extol have his … deeds emblazoned by a poet— Thomas Nash

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Other Words from emblazon

emblazoner \ im-​ˈblāz-​nər How to pronounce emblazon (audio) , -​zᵊn-​ər \ noun
emblazonment \ im-​ˈblā-​zᵊn-​mənt How to pronounce emblazon (audio) \ noun

The History of Emblazon

English speakers have been using the heraldic sense of "emblazon" since the late 16th century, and before that there was the verb "blazon" ("to describe heraldically") and the noun "blazon" ("a heraldic coat of arms"), which descend from Anglo-French blason. "Emblazon" still refers to adorning something with an emblem of heraldry, but it is now more often used for adorning or publicizing something in any conspicuous way, whether with eye-catching decoration or colorful words of praise.

Examples of emblazon in a Sentence

colossal statues and other monumental constructions that were intended to emblazon his name for eons to come
Recent Examples on the Web Dust loves me now, along with leaflets, plastic bags, anything unattached, anything looking for somewhere to stop, something to emblazon. Monica Youn, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 Many residents of the city reacted angrily to his comment on its conduct of elections, while a few chose to emblazon the remark on T-shirts as a humorous declaration of civic toughness. James Freeman, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2020 Many street artists risk their lives to emblazon interstate exits and train cars with their work, while gallery hopefuls may toil their entire lives to reach the kind of audiences that billboard designers take for granted. John Wenzel, The Know, 28 Feb. 2020 Its trucks, emblazoned with the company’s mustachioed mascot, mostly serve downtown office districts in the U.S. Northeast, where the virus has hit the hardest. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, 28 May 2020 His chief of staff, Mark Meadows, was seen aboard Air Force One wearing a mask emblazoned with the presidential seal. BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2020 The Traveling Beer Gardens are recognizable for the firetrucks emblazoned with the Sprecher Brewing logo. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2020 In many of the cases, couriers wore backpacks and insulated bags emblazoned with the distinctive names of those services. Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg.com, 5 May 2020 The police union ordered and distributed the masks emblazoned with black-and-white American flag with a blue stripe across the middle. CBS News, 4 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'emblazon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of emblazon

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Emblazon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblazon. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emblazon

: to write or draw (a name, picture, etc.) on a surface so that it can be seen very clearly
: to decorate (a surface) with something (such as a name or a picture)

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