blazon

{{11}}blazon (n.) "coat of arms," late 13c., from O.Fr. blason (12c.) "a shield, blazon," also "collar bone;" common Romanic (Cf. Sp. blason, It. blasone, Port. brasao, Prov. 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).
{{12}}blazon (v.) 1560s, "to depict or paint (armorial bearings)," from BLAZON (Cf. blazon) (n.) or else from Fr. blasonner. Earlier as "to set forth decriptively" (1510s); especially "to vaunt or boast" (1530s), in this use probably from or influenced by BLAZE (Cf. blaze) (v.2).

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  • Blazon — 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blazon — BLAZÓN, blazoane, s.n. Ansamblu de elemente convenţionale care constituie emblema unui stat, a unei provincii, a unui oraş, a unei familii nobile, a unei bresle etc.; armoarii. – Din fr. blason. Trimis de paula, 20.08.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  BLAZÓN …   Dicționar Român

  • Blazon — 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.] [1913 Webster] 2. An heraldic shield; a coat of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blazon — [blā′zən] n. [ME blasoun < OFr blason, a shield, blazon] 1. a coat of arms; heraldic shield, emblem, or banner 2. a technical description or illustration of a coat of arms in accordance with the rules of heraldry 3. showy display vt. [< the …   English World dictionary

  • Blazon — Bla zon, v. i. To shine; to be conspicuous. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blazon — index disclose, embellish, herald, inform (notify), promulgate, propagate (spread), publish …   Law dictionary

  • blazon — ► VERB 1) display or depict prominently or vividly. 2) Heraldry describe or depict (a coat of arms). ► NOUN 1) a correct description of armorial bearings. 2) archaic a coat of arms. ORIGIN from Old French blason shield …   English terms dictionary

  • Blazon — In heraldry and heraldic vexillology, a blazon is a formal description of, most often, a coat of arms or flag, which enables a person to construct or reconstruct the appropriate image. A coat of arms or flag is therefore not primarily defined by… …   Wikipedia

  • blazon — UK [ˈbleɪz(ə)n] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms blazon : present tense I/you/we/they blazon he/she/it blazons present participle blazoning past tense blazoned past participle blazoned to write, announce, or show something in a… …   English dictionary

  • blazon — 1. noun /ˈbleɪzən/ a) A verbal or written description of a coat of arms. ...it should never be forgotten that the best blazon is that which is the most perspicuous b) A formalized language for describing a coat of arms. We must banish, therefore …   Wiktionary

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