Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Heraldry To describe (a coat of arms) in proper terms.
  • transitive v. Heraldry To paint or depict (a coat of arms) with accurate detail.
  • transitive v. To adorn or embellish with or as if with a coat of arms: "the stars and moons and suns blazoned on that sacred wall” ( G.K. Chesterton).
  • transitive v. To proclaim widely.
  • n. Heraldry A coat of arms.
  • n. Heraldry The description or representation of a coat of arms.
  • n. An ostentatious display.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A verbal or written description of a coat of arms.
  • n. A formalized language for describing a coat of arms.
  • n. : A coat of arms or a banner depicting a coat of arms.
  • v. To describe a coat of arms.
  • v. To make widely or generally known, to proclaim.
  • v. To display conspicuously or publicly.
  • v. To shine; to be conspicuous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shield.
  • n. An heraldic shield; a coat of arms, or a bearing on a coat of arms; armorial bearings.
  • n. The art or act of describing or depicting heraldic bearings in the proper language or manner.
  • n. Ostentatious display, either by words or other means; publication; show; description; record.
  • transitive v. To depict in colors; to display; to exhibit conspicuously; to publish or make public far and wide.
  • transitive v. To deck; to embellish; to adorn.
  • transitive v. To describe in proper terms (the figures of heraldic devices); also, to delineate (armorial bearings); to emblazon.
  • intransitive v. To shine; to be conspicuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In heraldry, a shield with arms on it; armorial bearings; a coat of arms; a banner bearing arms.
  • n. A description in technical language of armorial bearings.
  • n. Interpretation; explanation.
  • n. Publication; show; celebration; pompous display, either by words or by other means.
  • To explain in proper heraldic terms (the arms or bearings on a shield).
  • To depict (armorial bearings) according to the rules of heraldry.
  • To inscribe with arms, or some ornament; adorn with blazonry.
  • To deck; embellish; adorn as with blazonry.
  • To display; exhibit conspicuously; make known; publish.
  • To proclaim or publish boastingly; boast of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. decorate with heraldic arms
  • n. the official symbols of a family, state, etc.

Etymologies

Probably from Middle English blasoun, shield, from Old French blason.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French blason ("shield"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • * As noted in Pimbley's Dictionary of Heraldry, the word blazon comes from the German word blasen, to blow as with a horn, because in the age of heraldry the style and arms of each knight were so proclaimed on public occasions.

    Carolyn Vega: An Elizabethan Armorial

  • The blazon is followed by a first-person report of a fantasy

    Commentary on "The Country Girl" by William Wordsworth

  • English Rolls and examples of Arms. The Royal bird, however, does not occur in English blazon so frequently as the Lion; and his appearance often denotes an alliance with German Princes.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • Though he was not strong enough in French blazon to know the house that bore that device, Antonin felt sure that the Cinq-Cygnes would not send their chariot, nor the Princess de Cadignan a missive by her maid, except to a person of the highest nobility.

    The Deputy of Arcis

  • The GYRON, a triangular figure, not known in English blazon as a separate charge (except perhaps in the one case of the arms of

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • -- When a knight entered the lists at a tournament, his presence was announced by sound of trumpet or horn, after which the officers of arms, the official Heralds, declared his armorial insignia -- they “blazoned” his Arms. This term, “to blazon,” derived from the German word “_blasen_,” signifying “to blow a blast on

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • And for the heraldry buffs among you: The technical heraldic description of the Middleton Coat of Arms, known as a 'blazon' is

    Forbes.com: News

  • Below many of the shields, another later scribe has penned a blazon a formal description of the coat of arms.

    Carolyn Vega: An Elizabethan Armorial

  • Below the painted shield, the later scribe has penned the blazon "Sapphire a bend Topaz surmounted of a fillet Ruby."

    Carolyn Vega: An Elizabethan Armorial

  • Beadwork can be simple or extravagant, bargain or expensive, depending on what affectionate of actual & chaplet are acclimated in it and what blazon of designs is there.

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  • It does sound more sporty (and I don't mean dangerous). ;-)

    August 26, 2009

  • I always kind of wish this word applied to the object blazer, so that I could say "I have a couple blazons hanging in my closet," or "I wore a blazon to work."

    August 26, 2009

  • Noun. In heraldry, armorial bearings or coat of arms, or the verbal description thereof.
    Verb. To describe in proper heraldic language.

    February 5, 2007