em·​bla·​zon | \ im-ˈblā-zᵊn How to pronounce emblazon (audio) \
emblazoned; emblazoning\ im-​ˈblāz-​niŋ How to pronounce emblazoning (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce emblazoner (audio) , -​zᵊn-​ər \ noun
emblazonment \ im-​ˈblā-​zᵊn-​mənt How to pronounce emblazonment (audio) \ 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 The company’s logo was emblazoned on trucks Mosley drove in NASCAR races. R.g. Dunlop, ProPublica, "How These Jail Officials Profit From Selling E-Cigarettes to Inmates," 7 Feb. 2020 The nearby Sands Casino, for instance, is emblazoned in gold. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "‘Macau has been the good boy:’ Amid protests, China launches a long-shot campaign for a Hong Kong alternative," 20 Jan. 2020 Perhaps the $20 cap emblazoned with the chain’s logo could become the must-have accessory for spring. Washington Post, "How 2019 became the Year of the Chicken Sandwich," 18 Jan. 2020 This quintessentially American idea is literally emblazoned on our coins: E pluribus unum. Wired Staff, Wired, "Presidential Candidates on the Disunited State of America," 15 Jan. 2020 Pink cups for beverages were emblazoned with quirky Khloé quotes, and paper straws were topped with glamorous Khloé selfies. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Enlists Kylie Jenner to Throw Khloé Kardashian's Birthday Party: She 'Deserves' It," 27 Nov. 2019 Inside the plane, special headrests are emblazoned with emblems of the Resistance and the First Order. Chris Mcginnis, Houston Chronicle, "United Airlines 'Star Wars' plane makes maiden flight from Houston's IAH," 8 Nov. 2019 Two men -- one of whom was wearing a cap emblazoned with a Chinese flag -- were seen arguing with protesters in the arrivals hall, before being ushered away by security as protesters cheered. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Hong Kong protesters spark airport chaos as flights canceled for second day," 13 Aug. 2019 Each was emblazoned with a political candidate’s name and slogan. cleveland, "Helium, honey, hair products: Ohio pols’ odd campaign expenses," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of emblazon

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Emblazon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblazon. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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