Sense: 1-6
Origin: Old English blæse 'torch'
Sense: 7
Date: 1600-1700
Language: German
Origin: blas 'white mark'


1 noun
Related topics: Horses


a) [countable usually singular] a big dangerous fire - used especially in news reports [↪ ablaze]:
It took almost 100 firemen to bring the blaze under control.
fight/tackle/control a blaze
Helicopters were used to help fight the blaze.
house/factory/barn etc blaze
a huge chemical factory blaze
b) [singular] a fire burning with strong bright flames:
I lit the fire and soon had a cheerful blaze going.


[singular] very bright light or colour [↪ ablaze]
blaze of
the blaze of light from the security lamps
The garden is a blaze of colour at this time of year.

blaze of publicity/glory

a lot of public attention or success and praise:
As soon as the trial was over, the blaze of publicity surrounding him vanished.
She played the Canada tournament then retired, going out in a blaze of glory (=ending her career with a lot of success and praise).
4 [singular] a sudden show of very strong emotion:
A blaze of anger flashed across his face.

what the blazes/who the blazes etc

old-fashioned spoken used to emphasize a question when you are annoyed:
What the blazes is going on here?

like blazes

old-fashioned spoken as fast, as much, or as strongly as possible:
We had to run like blazes.
7 [countable usually singular]DSH a white mark, especially one down the front of a horse's face
a big fire that causes a lot of damage: blaze, inferno, conflagration literary

someone whose job is to put out fires: firefighter, fireman, the fire department American English, the fire brigade British English

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