Definition of blazer in US English:



  • 1A lightweight jacket, typically solid-colored, often worn as part of a uniform by members of a club, sports team, or school.

    • ‘Colourful shirts and blazers adorn the chambers of the Johannesburg city council as youthful faces take up their seats.’
    • ‘You could easily tell the public from the private, because the private schools had to wear their number one uniform complete with blazers covered in honors badges.’
    • ‘I have to wear a uniform on school days - a burgundy blazer and grey pinafore.’
    • ‘The mini-museum features documents and exam results from throughout the school's history, as well as photographs dating from 1897, sports kits from as early as the 1920s and school blazers.’
    • ‘At the time the footage was taken she was wearing her uniform of dark blue blazer, grey skirt, white shirt, school tie and blue jumper.’
    • ‘Parents are driven mad by the school blazer dropped on the hall floor, the wet towel dropped next to the bath or the mould growing in the week-old coffee cup.’
    • ‘Townsend said Prince William talked to the boys about rugby and rowing after noticing the sports badges on their blazers.’
    • ‘Don't you think all school blazers should be washable?’
    • ‘Nikki held up black - rather than purple - school blazers.’
    • ‘But the vivid red is not lost forever - it can still be seen in the lining for the school's blazers and as a pin stripe in the girls' skirts and on the collars of their jumpers.’
    • ‘Students who took part in the worthwhile fund-raising venture swapped their favourite team jerseys for their school blazers and each donated 2 for the charity.’
    • ‘His rapt audience, 16 Indian cricket players in blue blazers, chortled in approval, and later took turns to pump the general's hand.’
    • ‘It was at Ballantynes that my mother bought my school uniforms including navy serge gym frocks, felt and panama hats, monogrammed hat bands and blazers, and of course, summer and winter gloves!’
    • ‘There are newbies in perfect, crisp school uniforms, blazers and everything.’
    • ‘He was wearing a white shirt, school tie, grey pants and a blue blazer with their school emblem on it.’
    • ‘There was a polite smattering of applause as the above mentioned students made their way on stage, looking incongruous in their formal school uniform and blazers.’
    • ‘Look a little closer at the well-groomed kids with innocent, idyllic faces in school blazers or the teens that look identical to their parents except for their age.’
    • ‘Principal Richard Daly and his staff were there to welcome everyone where students, beautifully attired in their school uniforms with smart blazers, offered refreshments to the capacity crowd.’
    • ‘I hung my freshly pressed jackets and blazers, complete with the school crest on the pockets and the name Barrett on the laundry mark, in the closet, next to Dave's.’
    • ‘He was just standing there, in his school blazer and his bag hanging off of his right shoulder.’
    1. 1.1 A plain jacket, typically dark blue, not forming part of a suit but considered appropriate for formal or semiformal wear.
      • ‘From argyle cardigans to tweed blazers, check out the look of fall 2004 and enjoy all the attention.’
      • ‘For the rest of us, cardigans and pullovers should do unless a blazer or suit is demanded by the occasion.’
      • ‘Light jackets, blazers or suits in a wool blend are best for work, unless you are in one of those ‘creative’ occupations which call for outfits of the decidedly ‘smart casual’ kind.’
      • ‘Where do you see anyone in coloured blazers apart from the stock markets?’
      • ‘The cravat is favoured again, worn with blazers and tweed jackets, for outdoor sporting events and cocktail parties on patios.’
      • ‘John was a colourful figure, with a predilection for striped blazers, white silk dinner jackets, hats, buttonholes, and club ties, of which he had a magnificent collection.’
      • ‘Tweed sports jackets are all the rage, and the best part is that you don't need to worry about matching patterns when it comes to blazers and button-down shirts.’
      • ‘Grandma was wearing a beret and a floral print dress and Grandad a black sports blazer with white stripes.’
      • ‘Soft pastels, worn underneath jackets or blazers, will be popular, along with cream, and teamed with flashes of bright colour.’
      • ‘If you're a more laid back type of guy, then you could wear a blazer with a different color pair of pants.’
      • ‘This summer the blazer is simultaneously managing to be the latest word in fashion - and one of the most familiar.’
      • ‘I changed into the business suit of a navy blazer and blue skirt and looked in the mirror.’
      • ‘He was wearing a classic black suit, but with a sports blazer instead of a padded suit jacket.’
      • ‘Students forced to wear blazers and neckties look decidedly uncomfortable.’
      • ‘They all wore blazers but the maroon monstrosities were more like space jackets.’
      • ‘Having worked in a haberdashery, the rule of thumb was that button-down collar shirts go with sport jackets and blazers.’
      • ‘To make your upper body look more muscular, wear small shoulder pads in your blazers, jackets and sports jackets.’
      • ‘Those who came looking for suits, blazers, shirts and pants went away satisfied that the products came not only at affordable rates, but were also worth the price.’
      • ‘His father, with an air of exhaustion, wore a navy blazer and pale green shirt and tie.’
      • ‘He sports a trademark black blazer and white shirt at virtually all times.’


Late 19th century: from blaze + -er. The original general sense was ‘a thing that blazes or shines’ (mid 17th century), giving rise to the term for a brightly colored sporting jacket.