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[bley-zer] /ˈbleɪ zər/
something that blazes or shines brightly.
a sports jacket, usually a solid color or striped, having metal buttons and sometimes an insignia on the breast pocket, as one worn by a member of a club, school, or the like.
a small cooking apparatus using as its source of heat a spirit lamp, hot coals, etc., used especially for preparing food at the table or outdoors.
Origin of blazer
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see blaze1, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for blazer
  • Seated on a stool with hands folded primly on its lap, it wore a bright pink blazer and gray slacks.
  • The parents wowed at their blazer-clad children's singing: they had been coached to perform the song the previous day.
  • He wore an argyle sweater, a blue canvas blazer, and a face mask against the tear gas.
  • He's wandering through a cemetery, wearing a shabby blazer, with the air of a distracted groundskeeper.
  • On this afternoon he is sporting a more typical academic costume of jeans and a blazer.
  • Featured pieces include cashmere sweaters, ermine suède loafers, and a navy mohair blazer.
  • He was wearing a starched button-down shirt and a blue blazer.
  • He wore a blue blazer and a blue shirt and a sober tie.
  • If it is really cold you can wear a blazer over that, giving you layers you can remove if you end up warm.
  • It's dressier than denim and more casual than a navy blazer.
British Dictionary definitions for blazer


a fairly lightweight jacket, often striped or in the colours of a sports club, school, etc
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Word Origin and History for blazer

"bright-colored jacket," 1880, British university slang, from blaze (n.1), in reference to the red flannel jackets worn by the Lady Margaret, St. John College, Cambridge, boating club. Earlier it had been used in American English in the sense "something which attracts attention" (1845).

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