blazon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blazon decorate with heraldic arms
    • n blazon the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blazon A shield.
    • Blazon An heraldic shield; a coat of arms, or a bearing on a coat of arms; armorial bearings. "Their blazon o'er his towers displayed."
    • Blazon Ostentatious display, either by words or other means; publication; show; description; record. "Obtrude the blazon of their exploits upon the company.""Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions, and spirit,
      Do give thee fivefold blazon ."
    • Blazon The art or act of describing or depicting heraldic bearings in the proper language or manner.
    • Blazon To deck; to embellish; to adorn. "She blazons in dread smiles her hideous form."
    • Blazon To depict in colors; to display; to exhibit conspicuously; to publish or make public far and wide. "Thyself thou blazon'st .""There pride sits blazoned on th' unmeaning brow.""To blazon his own worthless name."
    • Blazon (Her) To describe in proper terms (the figures of heraldic devices); also, to delineate (armorial bearings); to emblazon. "The coat of , arms, which I am not herald enough to blazon into English."
    • v. i Blazon To shine; to be conspicuous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blazon In heraldry, a shield with arms on it; armorial bearings; a coat of arms; a banner bearing arms.
    • n blazon A description in technical language of armorial bearings. Peculiar and fantastic changes introduced by certain heralds are chiefly in the blazon, and not in the graphic representation: thus, when the arms of nobles are described by precious stones (sapphire instead of azure, topaz instead of or, and the like), or when the arms of sovereigns are described by the planets, the description only is peculiar, the drawing and coloring of the achievement being of the same character as those of ordinary bearings.
    • n blazon Interpretation; explanation.
    • n blazon Publication; show; celebration; pompous display, either by words or by other means.
    • blazon To explain in proper heraldic terms (the arms or bearings on a shield).
    • blazon To depict (armorial bearings) according to the rules of heraldry.
    • blazon To inscribe with arms, or some ornament; adorn with blazonry.
    • blazon To deck; embellish; adorn as with blazonry.
    • blazon To display; exhibit conspicuously; make known; publish.
    • blazon To proclaim or publish boastingly; boast of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Blazon blā′zn to make public: to display: to draw or to explain in proper terms the figures, &c., in armorial bearings
    • n Blazon the science or rules of coats-of-arms
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blason, blasoun, shield, fr. F. blason, coat of arms, OF. shield, from the root of AS. blæse, blaze, i. e., luster, splendor, MHG. blas, torch See Blaze (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Then a tawdry banner was lowered suddenly between two poles, but not before Miss Torrance had seen part of the blazoned legend.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
And haughtily the trumpets peal, and gaily dance the bells, As slow upon the labouring wind the royal blazon swells.
"The Children's Garland from the Best Poets" by Various
I knelt down and tried to decipher the blazon in the moonlight.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
At Blazon Lodge how different!
"The Boarding School" by Unknown
The redoubtable Wimp, who had been blazoned as my successor, fell back on the theory of suicide.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
Blazon your wrong as you esteem it; ask sympathy of those who see not as I see; reproach, defy, lament.
"Moods" by Louisa May Alcott
The correct blazon, I believe, would be: Or, an eagle double-headed, displayed sable, dimidiated, and impaling gu.
"Notes and Queries, Number 223, February 4, 1854" by Various
They were probably quite old, since they bore simple blazons.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Her lips so mute, refuse The deed to blazon.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
His shield is blazon'd with three Turkish heads.
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
I'll blazon it in the press.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
And the scandal would travel with her, whispered by tourists, blazoned by newspapers.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
To tell it to Lady Lawson was to blazon it out to the world at large, and that was more than she could bear.
"East of the Shadows" by Mrs. Hubert Barclay
And in her features were blazoned, at times, all the love and joy and strength that her life had gathered.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Other wagons, blazoned with red and gold, followed.
"The Tale of Old Dog Spot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
What would the public think of a man who had been so taken in by fraud, and had blazoned it to the world.
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
The scandal of his marriage was blazoned in newspapers and pamphlets.
"Andrew Jackson" by William Garrott Brown
I did not want to blazon forth my shame.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
One of the stained glass windows is blazoned with the arms of the Templars.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
He came to a corner where a lamp post already lit blazoned the name Madison.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In poetry:

No changing Norman titles,
To hide your English name—
But the better one of freemen,
With its blazoning of fame.
"Our Summons" by Ernest Jones
"Temples of Honor," all,
"Social," or grand, or great,
This blazoned, brilliant temperance hall
To Thee we dedicate.
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy
What matter whose the hillside grave,
Or whose the blazoned stone?
Forever to her western wave
Shall whisper blue Garonne!
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Laugh your best, O blazoned forests,
Me ye shall not shift or shame
With your beauty: here among you
Man hath set his spear of flame.
"The Lamp Post" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
You blazon me with jewelled insignia.
A flaming nebula
Rims in my life. And yet
You set
The word upon me, unconfessed
To go unguessed.
"Apology" by Amy Lowell
And lo! the starry folds reveal
The blazoned truth we hold so dear
To guard is better than to heal,--
The shield is nobler than the spear!
"For The Meeting Of The National Sanitary Association" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Google's Masrur Odinaev's photo shows dozens of camera-equipped Google-blazoned Subaru Imprezas.
She was a member of Siloam Baptist Church and she worked at Blazon for several years.
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