emblazon

verb
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

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 In November, the Singapore and Hong Kong–headquartered exchange inked a $700 million deal to emblazon its name on the former Staples Center—home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers (James’s team) and Clippers. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2022 Many also donated a few bucks to emblazon a message across the stream — typically some jab Tyler couldn’t ignore. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2021 This weekend, their efforts culminated in 16-plus hours of painting by six artists and more than 100 volunteers, who flocked to Essex Street to dip brushes and rollers into bright paints and emblazon their message onto the asphalt. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 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 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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