em·​bla·​zon | \im-ˈblā-zᵊn \
emblazoned; emblazoning\im-​ˈblāz-​niŋ, -​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, -​zᵊn-​ər \ noun
emblazonment \im-​ˈblā-​zᵊn-​mənt \ 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

These posts are often emblazoned with powerful hashtags, such as #skinlove or #acneawareness, and showered with supportive comments from followers. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exclusive: This Powerful Portrait Series Shows Body Positivity Is More Than a Trend," 28 Sep. 2018 The mountain on the North Korean-Chinese border is also emblazoned on the country's national emblem and lends its name to everything from rockets to power stations. Fox News, "The Latest: Trump welcomes 'tremendous progress' with NKorea," 19 Sep. 2018 And, of course, it's emblazoned on the city's football stadium, which Schnatter jokingly referred to as his stadium last year. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Will Papa John's Cardinal Stadium be renamed following N-word scandal?," 12 July 2018 Newspapers emblazon the faces of and headlines about the leading lights all over the front pages, and deliver blanket coverage in the sports sections at the back. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England's World Cup run is magical but the fans need to chill out," 7 July 2018 Pride is now officially emblazoned on the streets of San Antonio. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "City installs LGBTQ-themed crosswalk," 27 June 2018 Pet stores have started selling bags for picking up dog excrement emblazoned with the faces of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and former Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte, who is accused of stealing especially large amounts of public cash. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Fed up with violence and corruption, Mexican voters embrace a seasoned leftist who wants to double the minimum wage," 24 June 2018 Girls who wore Coach were keyed into the new symbols of social cachet: wearing brand names emblazoned across your butt and monograms on your teeny tiny purse. Kristen Martin, The Cut, "Mourning My Mother Through the Bags She Left Behind," 23 May 2018 The experience will be emblazoned in her mind for all time. Steve West, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Innocence lost, power found | Opinion," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of emblazon

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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