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

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 The Saicus logo is still emblazoned on the aircraft's side, though the plane operated for a slew of different airlines throughout the course of its existence, including Iberia and Pronair, according to El País. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Wants to Claim This Abandoned Airplane at Madrid's Main Airport," 28 Jan. 2019 The little royals received their own Leicester City Football Club (LCFC) jersey with their names emblazoned across the back, according to Leicester Live. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Just Received Adorable Gifts for Their Kids," 28 Nov. 2018 And a singed soccer ball with a Chelsea logo emblazoned on it won't be used again for another kid's pick-up game. Thanassis Stavrakis And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Dolls, bicycles among charred belongings leftover from blaze," 28 July 2018 The baseball caps and towels emblazoned with STANLEY CUP 2018 CHAMPIONS. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "First Capitals Cup crystallizes end of D.C. drought," 8 June 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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