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

For a personal touch, Shields emblazoned her own nickname, T-Rex, across the waistband of her shorts. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Flint boxer Claressa Shields sports 'Black Panther'-inspired ring gear," 22 June 2018 Husar creates all the designs, which are then emblazoned on a variety of natural materials including beech tree fibers, organic cotton and polyester wrought from recycled bottles. Lee A. Litas, chicagotribune.com, "Local clothing company makes helping homeless a central part of business," 14 May 2018 The two Koreas marched in behind a white flag that was emblazoned with a map of the Korean peninsula depicted in blue. Angel Rodriguez, latimes.com, "The moment when the Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un impersonators were escorted back to their seats," 9 Feb. 2018 During the gathering, Trump met with Aflac employee Michael Porter, a resource manager who works with the general counsel’s office, who presented the commander-in-chief with a pair of socks that was emblazoned with the company’s duck mascot. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Trump Bragged During White House Meeting About Melania's Role in Aflac Commercial," 31 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, the two-piece dazzler of a suit that he's been wearing onstage is best summed up by another word: CRYBABY, emblazoned across the shoulder blades in a frowning arc. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Musician Kevin Morby Wants Everyone to Know He’s a Crybaby," 12 June 2018 Party poopers Four years ago, when Brazil hosted the World Cup, wall paintings and streets emblazoned in yellow and green sprouted around the nation well over a month before anyone touched the ball. Sebastian Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Brazil fans mostly unenthusiastic ahead of World Cup," 25 May 2018 In the video, shot at Caldwell Woods in Chicago, a man confronts and berates a woman for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the flag of Puerto Rico. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Forest preserve officer who didn't help woman in Puerto Rican flag shirt 'tarnished the whole department with his failure to act,' commissioner said," 12 July 2018 Earlier in the day, at least six people who hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from the statue's pedestal were arrested. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Liberty Island evacuated after woman climbs onto Statue of Liberty pedestal," 4 July 2018

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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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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