emblazon

verb
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 sack was emblazoned with a marijuana leaf and a Confederate flag. NBC News, "Student arrested for wearing gorilla mask to Black Lives Matter rally cleared of most charges," 17 July 2019 The tenets of the company's business ethos are emblazoned on the walls that remind guests to: eat happy, live sustainably, create choices. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Mendocino Farms picks Houston for its first expansion outside of California," 12 July 2019 The white high collar design is emblazoned with a central red stripe and black trimming. SI.com, "Arsenal 2019/20 Home Kit: Gunners Unveil Glorious New Strip for Next Season," 1 July 2019 This quintessentially American idea is literally emblazoned on our coins: E Pluribus Unum. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Read: Bernie Sanders defines his vision for democratic socialism in the United States," 12 June 2019 The piece, Untitled, is emblazoned on the backside of a Center City Target, between 10th and 11th Streets on Sansom, and features North Philly teen Najee Spencer-Young. Elizabeth Wellington, https://www.inquirer.com, "Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama’s portrait, designs a mural that turns a Philly teen into her own inspiration | Elizabeth Wellington," 5 June 2019 If that's not enough to drive the point home, a giant Iron Man mask is emblazoned on the Kona's red roof. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "With the 2019 Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition, MCU Means Marvel Car Universe," 10 May 2019 The dramatic look was topped off with a structured, embossed leather jacket, emblazoned with a gold cross. Washington Post, "Holy haute couture: Divine designs grace carpet at Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Hartig’s sensibility is always slightly punk, and his collection veered from delightfully chic flapper-era gowns with chinoiserie embroidery to army jackets emblazoned with the image of Cher, yes, Cher. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "When the Runway Is a Party," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of emblazon

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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emblazon

verb

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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