motto, slogan, catchword, shibbolethnoun
a favorite saying of a sect or political group
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.
Etymology: 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
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.]
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
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. muttum—muttīre, to mutter.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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.
The numerical value of motto in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of motto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Our church’s mission motto is ‘across the street and around the world’, so, we do the quilts locally and then the pillowcase dresses go internationally.
Your state motto is, While I breathe, I hope, its not a joke. Were breathing, but God, we have got to have hope.
In the society where competition is a driving force and motto for every citizen, you can always expect less love emitted from it.
Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto!
Egalitarianism must be the motto of the nation and not elitism.
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- divisa, lema, moteSpanish
- tunnuslause, motto, vaalilauseFinnish
- facal-suaicheantais, ceann-sgrìobhadhScottish Gaelic
- モットー, 標語Japanese
- motto, lijfspreuk, wapenspreukDutch
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