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

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Sticking in the top ten all summer, Born in the U.S.A., featuring Springsteen’s white T-shirt and blue jeans in front of the flag’s stripes, was emblazoned on America’s retina. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Bruce Springsteen, Accidental Patriot," 4 June 2019 Spring 2019 includes pieces like a navy terry-cloth sweatshirt, colorful striped socks, and bucket hats, all emblazoned with the red, green, and blue logo, of course. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This 1980s-Era Sportswear Label Is the Nautica of Denmark and It’s Making a Major Comeback," 15 May 2019 The collection features porcelain trays, coasters, and boxes emblazoned with a silver hemp leaf on a black background or a sultry pair of red lips dangling a smoke. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "In Time for 4/20, the Ultimate and Uber-Chic Weed Accessories from Jonathan Adler," 19 Apr. 2019 Still, Lancaster fell in love with the building: with its wood truss ceilings and giant windows; the concrete nameplate emblazoned with the words Engine Co. No. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why L.A.’s Arts District Is the New Place to Stay," 11 Apr. 2019 Get cozy in a robin’s egg blue booth to enjoy guacamole and migas on retro dishware before browsing the next-door store’s charming array of goods emblazoned with the place’s slogan: ALL WAYS WELCOME. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019 The model formerly isn’t the only one rocking swag emblazoned with her new spouse’s last name. Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Is Doubling Down on Her New Last Name With Her Outfit," 19 Nov. 2018 The crowd is mostly dressed in business attire, but Auteri is wearing medieval-style armor: a shirt of steel-link mail, a mail coif on his head, plate armor on his shoulders and white linen robes emblazoned with a red cross. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 Wrangler is the label of choice with its name often emblazoned on shirt collars and sleeves. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Bold and the Beautiful Style of Professional Bull Riders," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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