burning; on fire: They set the logs ablaze.
gleaming with bright lights, bold colors, etc.
excited; eager; zealous; ardent.
very angry.

Origin of ablaze

1800–10; a-1 + blaze1; compare Middle English on blase
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Contemporary Examples of ablaze

Historical Examples of ablaze

  • His eyes were ablaze, and his wide mouth wore its most joyous smile.

  • We had to drive through the village a night or two later, and it was all ablaze.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • The windows of the light keeper's cottage were ablaze as they drew near.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • His nostrils were quivering, his eyes were ablaze, and the expression of his face was shocking.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • It was the height of the holiday season, and the island seemed to be ablaze with lights.

British Dictionary definitions for ablaze


adjective, adverb (postpositive)

on fire; burning
brightly illuminated
emotionally aroused
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Word Origin and History for ablaze

late 14c., from a "on" (see a- (1)) + blaze (n.).

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