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[em-bley-zuh n] /ɛmˈbleɪ zən/
verb (used with object)
to depict, as on an escutcheon in heraldry.
to decorate with brilliant colors.
to proclaim; celebrate or extol.
Origin of emblazon
First recorded in 1585-95; em-1 + blazon
Related forms
emblazoner, noun
unemblazoned, adjective Unabridged
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  • emblazon upon your backs and breast the Red Lily of his House!

  • I shall have to trace out its genealogy and emblazon its shield.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • To commit a crime and emblazon it, there is the sum total of history.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • And Britain will emblazon their names on its roll of honour—this man and that man has died for her.

    With our Fighting Men William E. Sellers
  • One of these had even pried a bar aside in a not entirely successful endeavour to emblazon his name in the protected area.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • She has a right to emblazon all that will honour her deceased husband.

  • She had supper at one of those white-tiled sarcophagi that emblazon Chicago's down town side streets.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • And, if not, why emblazon it within the tabernacle of prayer, with all the circumstances of grace and of grandeur around it?

  • Yes, Hubert was now an esquire; now he had a right to carry a shield and emblazon it with the arms of Walderne.

    The House of Walderne A. D. Crake
British Dictionary definitions for emblazon


verb (transitive)
to describe, portray, or colour (arms) according to the conventions of heraldry
to portray heraldic arms on (a shield, one's notepaper, etc)
to make bright or splendid, as with colours, flowers, etc
to glorify, praise, or extol, often so as to attract great publicity: his feat was emblazoned on the front page
Derived Forms
emblazonment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for emblazon

"inscribe conspicuously," also "extol," 1590s, from en- (1) + blazon. Related: Emblazoned; emblazoning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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