[em-bley-zuh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to depict, as on an escutcheon in heraldry.
  2. to decorate with brilliant colors.
  3. to proclaim; celebrate or extol.

Origin of emblazon

First recorded in 1585–95; em-1 + blazon
Related formsem·bla·zon·er, nounun·em·bla·zoned, adjective
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Related Words for emblazoned

paint, decorate, embellish, color, beautify, ornament, brighten, deck

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verb (tr)
  1. to describe, portray, or colour (arms) according to the conventions of heraldry
  2. to portray heraldic arms on (a shield, one's notepaper, etc)
  3. to make bright or splendid, as with colours, flowers, etc
  4. to glorify, praise, or extol, often so as to attract great publicityhis feat was emblazoned on the front page
Derived Formsemblazonment, noun
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Word Origin and History for emblazoned



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

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