Definitions for: Blazon


[n] (heraldry) the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
[v] decorate with heraldic arms



Webster (1913) Definition: Bla"zon, n. [OE. blason, blasoun, shield, fr. F. blason
coat of arms, OF. shield, from the root of AS. bl[ae]se
blaze, i. e., luster, splendor, MHG. blas torch See Blaze,
n.]
1. A shield. [Obs.]

2. An heraldic shield; a coat of arms, or a bearing on a coat
of arms; armorial bearings.

Their blazon o'er his towers displayed. --Sir W.
Scott.

3. The art or act of describing or depicting heraldic
bearings in the proper language or manner. --Peacham.

4. Ostentatious display, either by words or other means;
publication; show; description; record.

Obtrude the blazon of their exploits upon the
company. --Collier.

Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions, and
spirit, Do give thee fivefold blazon. --Shak.


Bla"zon, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blazoned; p. pr. & vb.
n. Blazoning.] [From blazon, n.; confused with 4th blaze:
cf. F. blasonner.]
1. To depict in colors; to display; to exhibit conspicuously;
to publish or make public far and wide.

Thyself thou blazon'st. --Shak.

There pride sits blazoned on th' unmeaning brow.
--Trumbull.

To blazon his own worthless name. --Cowper.

2. To deck; to embellish; to adorn.

She blazons in dread smiles her hideous form.
--Garth.

3. (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. --Addison.


Bla"zon, v. i.
To shine; to be conspicuous. [R.]

Synonyms: arms, blazonry, coat of arms, emblazon

See Also: adorn, beautify, crest, decorate, embellish, grace, heraldry, ornament, quartering

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