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 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 Boston street signs emblazoned with his name hang from the walls. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Local Dominicans transfixed by the David Ortiz saga," 17 June 2019 With the private tree comes a bronze memorial marker emblazoned with your family's name. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Better Place Forests Wants You to Choose a Memorial Tree Instead of a Tombstone," 13 June 2019 Flags emblazoned with the World Cup logo flapped along the sides of the city’s renowned Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims on the blustery 65-degree day. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT greeted warmly in Reims, France ahead of first World Cup match," 9 June 2019 In the years that followed, the upstart hired a massive sales force, sponsored a Tour de France team (later dropped amid doping allegations) and backed a catamaran racing series that traveled the world, iShares emblazoned on the sails. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "The $5 Trillion Question: How Did the Firm That Pioneered ETFs Lose Its Lead?," 27 July 2018 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

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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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