emblazon

verb em·bla·zon \ im-ˈblā-zᵊn \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of emblazon

emblazoned; emblazoning play \im-ˈblāz-niŋ, -ˈblā-zᵊn-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :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

emblazoner

play \im-ˈblāz-nər, -zᵊn-ər\ noun

emblazonment

play \im-ˈblā-zᵊn-mənt\ noun

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Examples of emblazon in a Sentence

  1. colossal statues and other monumental constructions that were intended to emblazon his name for eons to come

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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.

First Known Use of emblazon

1589


EMBLAZON Defined for English Language Learners

emblazon

verb

Definition of emblazon for English Language Learners

  • : 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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