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From en- +‎ blazon, from Old French blason (shield).


  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈbleɪzən/, /ɛmˈbleɪzən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪzən


emblazon (third-person singular simple present emblazons, present participle emblazoning, simple past and past participle emblazoned)

  1. (transitive) To adorn with prominent markings.
    • 1959 August, K. Hoole, “The Middlesbrough — Newcastle route of the N.E.R.”, in Trains Illustrated, page 359:
      The route passes over low-lying land, the only item of note being the Cerebos salt works at Greatham, where one may catch a glimpse of the smart black diesel locomotive emblazoned with the firm's name writ large.
  2. (transitive) To inscribe upon.
    • 2018 August 2, Jane Coaston, “#QAnon, the scarily popular pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained”, in Vox[1]:
      Welcome to QAnon, sometimes referred to as “the Storm.” It’s a conspiracy theory that’s swept social media and is starting to break into the mainstream, with Trump rally attendees in Florida on July 31 holding signs and wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “We are Q” and the conspiracy theory’s main catchphrase, “Where we go one, we go all.”
    The benefactor's image is emblazoned on our memory.
  3. (transitive, heraldry) To draw (a coat of arms).
  4. (transitive) To celebrate or extol as with deeds or merit.

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