- to set forth conspicuously or publicly; display; proclaim: The pickets blazoned their grievances on placards.
- to adorn or embellish, especially brilliantly or showily.
- to describe in heraldic terminology.
- to depict (heraldic arms or the like) in proper form and color.
- an escutcheon; coat of arms.
- the heraldic description of armorial bearings.
- conspicuous display.
Origin of blazon
Examples from the Web for blazon
He could call to mind no such English blazon, nor did it seem to him that it could possibly be English.The Sea-Hawk
I knelt down and tried to decipher the blazon in the moonlight.Border Ghost Stories
You wear your blazon of honor on your shoulder; I hide mine in a slave's gown.Clarence
Represented in blazon as in Nos. 298, 299, and without leaves.
Sunbeams, or Rays, are borne in blazon, and form an early charge.
- (often foll by abroad) to proclaim loudly and publicly
- heraldry to describe (heraldic arms) in proper terms
- to draw and colour (heraldic arms) conventionally
- heraldry a conventional description or depiction of heraldic arms
- any description or recording, esp of good qualities
Word Origin and History for blazon
"coat of arms," late 13c., from Old French blason (12c.) "a shield, blazon," also "collar bone;" common Romanic (cf. Spanish blason, Italian blasone, Portuguese brasao, Provençal blezo, the first two said to be French loan-words); of uncertain origin. OED doubts, on grounds of sense, the connection proposed by 19c. French etymologists to Germanic words related to English blaze (n.1).