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

transitive verb

: to inscribe or adorn with or as if with heraldic bearings or devices
: to inscribe (something, such as heraldic bearings) on a surface
: celebrate, extol
have his … deeds emblazoned by a poetThomas Nash
im-ˈblā-zᵊn-ər How to pronounce emblazon (audio)
emblazonment noun

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The History of Emblazon

Blazon is a less commonly used synonym of the more familiar coat of arms. Both centuries-old terms refer to heraldic designs, symbols, and other imagery (think crosses, lions, stripes, etc.) that typically appear on banners, shields, armor, and elsewhere. The verb form of blazon meaning “to represent armorial bearings in drawing or engraving” and emblazon, “to inscribe or adorn with or as if with heraldic bearings or devices,” came into use around the same time in the late 1500s. Emblazon still refers to marking 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 The advert, emblazoned with the symbols HM Government and the CyberFirst program, shows a photograph of a young woman in a tutu tying a pair of pointe shoes. Byeleanor Pringle, Fortune, 10 May 2024 Genta turned to ancient Roman coins for the unmistakable bezel, one of the first emblazoned with a brand’s name—twice, no less. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 9 May 2024 Offset sported a black Chanel hoodie with the logo emblazoned on it, sunglasses, a leather jacket and matching gloves. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 A couple of people with red crosses emblazoned on their protective gear made their way through the mass of bodies and picked up the demonstrator. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 Advertisement Lebow recalled spotting someone recently who was wearing a sweater with the Kirkland brand logo emblazoned across the chest. Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2024 In the Instagram Stories snap, Tatum walked outdoors wearing a black T-shirt that had ‘Kim Kardashian’ written across the chest in bold red letters — referring to his famous aunt — along with several photos of Kim from over the years, including her at the 2019 Met Gala, emblazoned across it. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 27 Apr. 2024 April 20, 2024 During the second weekend of Coachella, a semi-truck with a promotion for Cowboy Carter emblazoned across it pulled up to the festival grounds. Moises Mendez Ii, TIME, 24 Apr. 2024 The sunken kitchen is emblazoned with deep red tile counters, while the fireplace is painted yellow. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 17 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of emblazon was in 1589


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“Emblazon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblazon. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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em·​bla·​zon im-ˈblāz-ᵊn How to pronounce emblazon (audio)
: to inscribe or decorate with markings or emblems used in heraldry
: celebrate sense 3, extol
a name emblazoned in history

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