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blazon

[bley-zuh n] /ˈbleɪ zən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to set forth conspicuously or publicly; display; proclaim:
The pickets blazoned their grievances on placards.
2.
to adorn or embellish, especially brilliantly or showily.
3.
to describe in heraldic terminology.
4.
to depict (heraldic arms or the like) in proper form and color.
noun
5.
an escutcheon; coat of arms.
6.
the heraldic description of armorial bearings.
7.
conspicuous display.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English blaso(u)n < Anglo-French, Old French blason buckler, of obscure origin
Related forms
blazoner, noun
blazonment, noun
unblazoned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blazon

blazon

/ˈbleɪzən/
verb (transitive)
1.
(often foll by abroad) to proclaim loudly and publicly
2.
(heraldry) to describe (heraldic arms) in proper terms
3.
to draw and colour (heraldic arms) conventionally
noun
4.
(heraldry) a conventional description or depiction of heraldic arms
5.
any description or recording, esp of good qualities
Derived Forms
blazoner, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French blason coat of arms
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Word Origin and History for blazon
n.

"coat of arms," late 13c., from Old French blason (12c.) "a shield, blazon," also "collar bone;" common Romanic (cf. Spanish blason, Italian blasone, Portuguese brasao, Provençal blezo, the first two said to be French loan-words); of uncertain origin. OED doubts, on grounds of sense, the connection proposed by 19c. French etymologists to Germanic words related to English blaze (n.1).

v.

1560s, "to depict or paint (armorial bearings)," from blazon (n.) or else from French blasonner. Earlier as "to set forth decriptively" (1510s); especially "to vaunt or boast" (1530s), in this use probably from or influenced by blaze (v.2).

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