Definitions for mottoˈmɒt oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mot•toˈmɒt oʊ(n.)(pl.)-toes, -tos.

  1. a maxim adopted as an expression of one's guiding principle.

  2. 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

Princeton's WordNet

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

    a favorite saying of a sect or political group

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. motto(noun)ˈmɒt oʊ

    a phrase used by an organization to represent its beliefs, aims, etc.

    a high school motto

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

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  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.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

motto(noun)

(a short sentence or phrase which expresses) a principle of behaviour etc

`Honesty is the best policy' is my motto; a school motto.

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