motto, slogan, catchword, shibboleth(noun)
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.
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
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.]
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
Examples of motto in a Sentence
Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto!
My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
Our (The Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature.
If they go back home they will catch happiness. This is their motto.
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Translations for motto
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- mote, divisa, lemaSpanish
- motto, tunnuslause, vaalilauseFinnish
- ceann-sgrìobhadh, facal-suaicheantaisScottish Gaelic
- モットー, 標語Japanese
- wapenspreuk, lijfspreuk, mottoDutch
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