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

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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 And in case any of his players forget, the first-year head coach had those three words emblazoned on a track and field hurdle that is kept in the middle of the Cardinals’ locker room, protected by four stanchions with velvet rope. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford happy to mentor Josh Rosen," 23 June 2018 And to emblazon various (possibly MAGA-related?) slogans on. refinery29.com, "Yachts, Bourbon & Cigarettes: Europe Is Coming After Finance Bros," 4 June 2018 Image Two years ago Silverstein Properties invited street artists to emblazon an empty floor in one of its office buildings at the World Trade Center site. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Bringing a 5Pointz Vibe to Lower Manhattan," 1 June 2018 But one man wearing a Turnberry fleece briefly interrupted the news conference by tossing a box of golf balls emblazoned with the Nazi logo. Jill Colvin And Paul Kelbie, chicagotribune.com, "Trump lies low in Scotland ahead of high-stakes meeting with Putin," 14 July 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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