What does motto mean?

Definitions for mottoˈmɒt oʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word motto.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. motto, slogan, catchword, shibboleth(noun)

    a favorite saying of a sect or political group

Wiktionary

  1. motto(Noun)

    A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievement.

  2. motto(Noun)

    A sentence, phrase, or word, prefixed to an essay, discourse, chapter, canto, or the like, suggestive of its subject matter; a short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle; a maxim.

    "It was the motto of a bishop eminent for his piety and good works, ... Serve God, and be cheerful." -Addison.

  3. Origin: motto (a word, a saying), muttum (a mutter, a grunt).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Motto(noun)

    a sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment

  2. Motto(noun)

    a sentence, phrase, or word, prefixed to an essay, discourse, chapter, canto, or the like, suggestive of its subject matter; a short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle; a maxim

  3. Origin: [It. motto a word, a saying, L. muttum a mutter, a grunt, cf. muttire, mutire, to mutter, mumble; prob. of imitative origin. Cf. Mot a word.]

Freebase

  1. Motto

    A motto is a phrase meant to formally summarize the general motivation or intention of a social group or organization. A motto may be in any language, but Latin is the most used in the Western world. The local language is usual in the mottoes of governments. In informal ways, it can be a rule or slogan someone follows, or lives their life by.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Motto

    mot′ō, n. a short sentence or phrase prefixed in anything intimating the subject of it: a phrase attached to a coat-of-arms: a paper packet containing a sweetmeat, cracker, &c., together with a scrap of paper bearing a motto—a motto-kiss:—pl. Mottoes (mot′ōz).adj. Mott′oed. [Low L. muttummuttīre, to mutter.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motto in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    Our (The Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature.

  2. Meryem Dolgun:

    If they go back home they will catch happiness. This is their motto.

  3. Honore De Balzac:

    The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.

  4. Jenna Elfman:

    My motto is that I enjoy life. I think there's a kind of simplicity to that way of thinking.

  5. Hank Aaron:

    My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

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