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, the persistent but wholly erroneous notion that the heralds invented many of the terms used in blazon and borrowed the rest from the everyday lexicon of terms...

2. verb /ˈbleɪzən/
To describe a coat of arms.

After Blazoning the Shield, you proceed to the exterior ornaments viz.: The Helmet, Lambrequin, Crest, Supporters, Badge, and Motto

See Also: emblazon, device

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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 — {{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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

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