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mot·to

(mŏt′ō)
n. pl. mot·toes or mot·tos
A brief statement used to express a principle, goal, or ideal: "We explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don't stoop to their level—no, our motto is 'when they go low, we go high'" (Michelle Obama).

[Italian, word, motto, probably from Vulgar Latin *mōttum, word; see mot.]

motto

(ˈmɒtəʊ)
n, pl -toes or -tos
1. (Heraldry) a short saying expressing the guiding maxim or ideal of a family, organization, etc, esp when part of a coat of arms
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a short explanatory phrase inscribed on or attached to something
3. (Poetry) a verse or maxim contained in a paper cracker
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a quotation prefacing a book or chapter of a book
5. (Music, other) a recurring musical phrase
[C16: via Italian from Latin muttum utterance]

mot•to

(ˈmɒt 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.
[1580–90; < Italian < Late Latin muttum utterance. compare mot]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motto - a favorite saying of a sect or political groupmotto - a favorite saying of a sect or political group
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
catch phrase, catchphrase - a phrase that has become a catchword
mantra - a commonly repeated word or phrase; "she repeated `So pleased with how its going' at intervals like a mantra"
rallying cry, war cry, watchword, battle cry, cry - a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'"

motto

noun saying, slogan, maxim, rule, cry, formula, gnome, adage, proverb, dictum, precept, byword, watchword, tag-line What is your regiment's motto?

motto

noun
1. A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true:
2. A rallying term used by proponents of a cause:
Translations
شِعارشِعار داخِل عُلْبَة تسالي يوم الميلاد
motoprůpovídkatéma
mottovalgsprogvisdomsord
mottotunnuslausevaalilause
jelmondatmottó
einkunnarorîspakmæli
devizasmotošmaikštus pamokymas
devīzeizteiciensmototeiciens
mottoveršík

motto

[ˈmɒtəʊ] N (mottoes or mottos (pl))
1. [of family, person] → lema m
2. (Heraldry) → divisa f
3. (= watchword) → consigna f
4. (in cracker) (= joke) → chiste m

motto

[ˈmɒtəʊ] [mottoes] (pl) n
[school, regiment] → devise f
(= guiding principle) → devise f

motto

n pl <-es> → Motto nt, → Wahlspruch m; (personal also) → Devise f; (Her also) → Sinnspruch m; (in cracker, on calendar) → Spruch m; the school mottodas Motto der Schule

motto

[ˈmɒtəʊ] n (mottoes (pl)) → motto

motto

(ˈmotəu) plural ˈmottoes noun
1. (a short sentence or phrase which expresses) a principle of behaviour etc. `Honesty is the best policy' is my motto; a school motto.
2. a printed saying etc, often found inside a Christmas cracker.
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