What does motto mean?

Definitions for motto
ˈmɒt oʊmot·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motto, slogan, catchword, shibbolethnoun

    a favorite saying of a sect or political group

Wiktionary

  1. mottonoun

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

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

  2. mottonoun

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mottonoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Mottonoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. motto

    In heraldry, is a word or short sentence which forms an accompaniment to a coat of arms, crest, or household badge. In modern heraldry it is customary to place the motto in an escrol either above the crest or below the shield.

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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

Examples of motto in a Sentence

  1. Sheriff Chris Francis:

    We looked at it as an opportunity to show our patriotism, i want to make sure that We Trust ' means know what ‘ In God We Trust' means and how blessed we are to be citizens in America, to live in western North Carolina and to be able to support our nation’s motto.

  2. Hiram Sasser:

    So if they choose not to recite the pledge, they stand quietly. Nothing is forced on the child. kids can not be required to say it, but leading in the recitation of it is as constitutional as the national motto In God We Trust.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    After taking a while to meditate upon the motto of our generation. I came to the ultimate conclusion that our minds are mainly focused on wealth and health.

  4. Leon Theron:

    There's a motto at Toyota Constantia, a Japanese phrase' genji kembutso,' it means go the source and see for yourself. That is the secret of Toyota Constantia, being local in every market where it serves. They have gone to the source and tried to say... how do we respond to those issues ?

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    In the society where competition is a driving force and motto for every citizen, you can always expect less love emitted from it.

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