A medieval blazon.
- The definition of a blazon is a coat of arms, or a showy display.
An example of a blazon is a family crest.
- Blazon means to proclaim or portray.
An example of blazon is for the town crier to make an announcement.
- a coat of arms; heraldic shield, emblem, or banner
- a technical description or illustration of a coat of arms in accordance with the rules of heraldry
- showy display
Origin of blazonMiddle English blasoun from Old French blason, a shield, blazon
- to make known far and wide; proclaim: often with forth, out, or abroad
- to describe technically or portray (coats of arms)
- to portray in colors
- to adorn colorfully or showily
Origin of blazon< the n.; mistakenly assoc. with blaze
transitive verbbla·zoned, bla·zon·ing, bla·zons
- Heraldry a. To describe (a coat of arms) in proper terms.b. To paint or depict (a coat of arms) with accurate detail.
- 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 )
- To proclaim widely.
- Heraldry a. A coat of arms.b. The description or representation of a coat of arms.
- An ostentatious display.
Origin of blazonProbably from Middle English blasoun shield from Old French blason
(third-person singular simple present blazons, present participle blazoning, simple past and past participle blazoned)
- To describe a coat of arms.
- To make widely or generally known, to proclaim.
- To display conspicuously or publicly.
- To shine; to be conspicuous.
- To deck; to embellish; to adorn.
From Old French blason (“shield”).