Definition of blazon in English:

blazon

Line breaks: bla¦zon
Pronunciation: /ˈbleɪz(ə)n
 
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verb

[with object]
1 [with adverbial of place] Display prominently or vividly: they saw their company name blazoned all over the media
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  • The most majestic works here are his paintings of mountains with words blazoned across them, like the hillside behind the Hollywood sign (which he could see from his studio).
  • The title from the original play, though, won out, and The Children's Hour, with Lillian Hellman's name blazoned across the ‘based on’ screen credit, was released in 1961.
  • A futuristic yellow ‘He’ is blazoned distractingly across her chest.
Synonyms
display, exhibit, show, put on display, draw attention to, present, spread, emblazon, plaster, flaunt, parade, reveal
1.1Report (news), especially in a sensational manner: accounts of their ordeal were blazoned to the entire nation
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  • Predictably, the New York Times has enhanced these efforts by blazoning them on Page One.
  • Editors who blazon every rumour on their front pages, politicians who hold weekly press conferences on ‘international threat levels’ and policemen who boast their tally of menaces averted are the arms salesmen of terror.
  • Newspapers still blazoned headlines on the catastrophe, and articles described the bombing as the work of one man.
Synonyms
publicize, make known, make public, bring to public notice/attention, announce, report, communicate, impart, disclose, reveal, divulge, leak, publish, broadcast, transmit, issue, post, put out, distribute, spread, unfold, disseminate, circulate, air, herald, trumpet, advertise, proclaim, promulgate
informal splatter
2 Heraldry Describe or depict (armorial bearings) in a correct heraldic manner.
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  • The badge for it is blazoned: Per pale sable and argent, three wolf's teeth issuant from dexter and as many from sinister counterchanged.
  • Brunâtre can be seen in the brown lion rampant in the arms of Simón Bolívar, and is blazoned "Braun" in German heraldry.
  • This design is blazoned as ‘Gules, three lions passant guardant in pale Or,’ and it is still the coat of arms of England today.
2.1Inscribe or paint (an object) with arms or a name.
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  • At Fonthill the crest and the thirty-six quarterings of Beckford's full coat-of-arms were blazoned on the carpets and painted glass windows.
  • He touched the entwined dragons that were blazoned onto his skin.
  • Why would an occasional fisherman say this of a boat that a well-meaning NGO - its name blazoned on the side of the boat - gave him a few months ago?

noun

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1A correct description of armorial bearings: the book contains tens of thousands of blazons of arms held by English families [mass noun]: his knowledge of medieval blazon was unrivalled
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  • There are rules governing the way a blazon is written, which make it possible for anyone who understands them to draw an accurate rendition of the arms from the blazon.
  • I wonder whether some standardised form of description, akin to heraldic blazon, will gradually emerge.
  • As these heraldic arms became more elaborate, their description or blazon came to acquire its own rules, arcane vocabulary, and concise syntax.
1.1 archaic A coat of arms.
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  • Well before the renaissance, the new men were buying up land, seizing cities, glorifying themselves (the Visconti are a fine example of the breed) with new titles and heraldic blazons.
  • This came with the proviso that Lodovico not remove any of the three Guicciardini coats of arms, and that he not place his own blazon anywhere on the facade, ‘especially on the outer side that faces onto the piazza.’
  • Johnny's heart ached when he saw Tom with the three golden boars' heads that marked the blazon of the House of Swynford.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a shield, later one bearing a heraldic device): from Old French blason 'shield', of unknown origin. The sense of the verb has been influenced by blaze3.

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