Definitions for mottoˈmɒt oʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mot•toˈmɒt oʊ(n.)(pl.)-toes, -tos.
a maxim adopted as an expression of one's guiding principle.
a phrase or word expressing the spirit or purpose of a group, often inscribed on a badge, banner, etc.
Origin of motto:
1580–90; < It < LL muttum utterance. Cf. mot
motto, slogan, catchword, shibboleth(noun)
a favorite saying of a sect or political group
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a phrase used by an organization to represent its beliefs, aims, etc.
a high school motto
A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievement.
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.
Origin: motto (a word, a saying), muttum (a mutter, a grunt).
a sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment
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
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.
Translations for motto
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(a short sentence or phrase which expresses) a principle of behaviour etc
`Honesty is the best policy' is my motto; a school motto.
- motto, slagspreukAfrikaans
- lemaPortuguese (BR)
- moto, témaCzech
- das MottoGerman
- motto; valgsprogDanish
- έμβλημα, κανόνας ζωής, προσωπικό πιστεύωGreek
- סִיסמָה, מוֹטוֹHebrew
- आदर्श वाक्यHindi
- geslo, motoCroatian
- 모토, 좌우명Korean
- moto, devizasLithuanian
- moto; devīzeLatvian
- motto, valgspråkNorwegian
- moto; devizăRomanian
- девиз; лозунгRussian
- motto, valspråk, devisSwedish
- düstur, özdeyişTurkish
- 座右銘，格言Chinese (Trad.)
- девіз, гаслоUkrainian
- کلیہ، مقولہUrdu
- phương châmVietnamese
- 座右铭，格言，箴言Chinese (Simp.)
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