em·​bla·​zon | \ im-ˈblā-zᵊn How to pronounce emblazon (audio) \
emblazoned; emblazoning\ im-​ˈblāz-​niŋ How to pronounce emblazoning (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 emblazoner (audio) , -​zᵊn-​ər \ noun
emblazonment \ im-​ˈblā-​zᵊn-​mənt How to pronounce emblazonment (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 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, "Office-Supply Company Makes a Pivot—to Your Home Office," 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, "US leads world in coronavirus infections, by far," 14 May 2020 The Traveling Beer Gardens are recognizable for the firetrucks emblazoned with the Sprecher Brewing logo. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus, not cold weather, is the reason the Traveling Beer Gardens are delayed for summer," 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, "Drug Dealers Posing as Food Delivery to Stay Stealthy During Pandemic," 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, "San Francisco top cop bans "thin blue line" masks," 4 May 2020 The awards — small orange blimps emblazoned with the Nickelodeon logo — were shipped to winners. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Kids' Choice Awards: See who took home top honors in major categories," 3 May 2020 Labor groups have organized mask donations for their members, some emblazoned with union logos. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus energizes the labor movement. Can it last?," 1 May 2020 Inside an envelope emblazoned with the Kensington Palace logo, fans received a photo of the Duchess of Cambridge——along with a sweet note of gratitude. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Sends Sweet Thank-You Note to Fans Who Wished Her a Happy 38th Birthday," 30 Apr. 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 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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