blazon
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈbleɪzən/
Noun

blazon

  1. (heraldry) A verbal or written description of a coat of arms.
    • 1894, James Parker, A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry:
      ...it should never be forgotten that the best blazon is that which is the most perspicuous
  2. (heraldry) A formalized language for describing a coat of arms.
    • 1997, Gerard J. Brault, Early Blazon:
      We must banish, therefore, the persistent but wholly erroneous notion that the heralds invented many of the terms used in blazon and borrowed the rest from the everyday lexicon of terms...
  3. (heraldry) A coat of arms or a banner depicting a coat of arms.
    • 1808 February 21, Walter Scott, “Canto Fifth. The Court.”, in Marmion; a Tale of Flodden Field, Edinburgh: Printed by J[ames] Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Company, […]; London: William Miller, and John Murray, OCLC 270129616 ↗, stanza XV, page 264 ↗:
      He wears their motto on his blade, / Their blazon o'er his towers displayed; [...]
  4. Ostentatious display, verbal or otherwise; publication; description; record.
    • 1709, Jeremy Collier, Essays upon several moral subjects
      Obtrude the blazon of their exploits upon the company.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene v]:
      Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions, and spirit, / Do give thee five-fold blazon.
Translations Verb

blazon (blazons, present participle blazoning; past and past participle blazoned)

  1. (transitive) To describe a coat of arms.
    • 10 July 1713, Joseph Addison, The Guardian, No. 104
      the following coat of arms, which I will send you in the original language, not being herald enough to blazon it in English
  2. To make widely or generally known, to proclaim.
    • c. 1611, William Shakespeare, '''', Act VI-III:
      O thou goddess/ thou divine Nature, how thyself thou blazon'st/ in these two princely boys.
    • 1774, John Trumbull, An Elegy on the Times
      There pride sits blazoned on th' unmeaning brow.
    • 18th century, William Cowper, Retirement
      In drawing pictures of forbidden joys,
      Retires to blazon his own worthless name
  3. To display conspicuously or publicly.
  4. To shine; to be conspicuous.
  5. To deck; to embellish; to adorn.
    • 1699, Samuel Garth, The Dispensary
      She blazons in dread smiles her hideous form.
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