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em·blem

 (ĕm′bləm)
n.
1. A distinctive badge, design, or device: trucks marked with the company emblem; the emblem of the air force.
2. An object or representation that functions as a symbol: "a bed of sweet-scented lilies, the emblem of France" (Amy Steedman).
3. An allegorical picture usually inscribed with a verse or motto presenting a moral lesson.

[Middle English, pictorial fable, from Latin emblēma, raised ornament, from Greek, embossed design, from emballein, to insert, set in : en-, in; see en-2 + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

emblem

(ˈɛmbləm)
n
1. a visible object or representation that symbolizes a quality, type, group, etc, esp the concrete symbol of an abstract idea: the dove is an emblem of peace.
2. (Art Terms) an allegorical picture containing a moral lesson, often with an explanatory motto or verses, esp one printed in an emblem book
[C15: from Latin emblēma raised decoration, mosaic, from Greek, literally: something inserted, from emballein to insert, from ballein to throw]
ˌemblemˈatic, ˌemblemˈatical adj
ˌemblemˈatically adv

em•blem

(ˈɛm bləm)

n.
1. an object symbolizing a quality, state, etc.; symbol: The olive branch is an emblem of peace.
2. a figure or design that identifies something.
3. an allegorical picture that embodies a moral principle.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin emblēma inlaid or mosaic work < Greek émblēma, s. emblēmat- literally, insertion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
colophon - a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page)
colours, colors - a distinguishing emblem; "his tie proclaimed his school colors"
crest - (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
Cross - a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
pattern, design, figure - a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
device - an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); "he was recognized by the device on his shield"
flag - emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
heraldry - emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms
skull and crossbones - emblem warning of danger or death
totem - emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
totem pole - a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast
2.emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract ideaemblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization, symbol - something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
scarlet letter - the letter A in red; Puritans required adulterers to wear it
cupid - a symbol for love in the form of a cherubic naked boy with wings and a bow and arrow
donkey - the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
dove - an emblem of peace
eagle - an emblem representing power; "the Roman eagle"
elephant - the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
fasces - bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade protruding; in ancient Rome it was a symbol of a magistrate's power; in modern Italy it is a symbol of fascism
national flag, ensign - an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality
hammer and sickle - the emblem on the flag of the Soviet Union
red flag - the emblem of socialist revolution
Magen David, Mogen David, Shield of David, Solomon's seal, Star of David - a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles; an emblem symbolizing Judaism
badge - an emblem (a small piece of plastic or cloth or metal) that signifies your status (rank or membership or affiliation etc.); "they checked everyone's badge before letting them in"
Agnus Dei, Paschal Lamb - figure of a lamb; emblematic of Christ
maple-leaf - the emblem of Canada
medallion - an emblem indicating that a taxicab is registered
spread eagle - an emblem (an eagle with wings and legs spread) on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States
Hakenkreuz, swastika - the official emblem of the Nazi Party and the Third Reich; a cross with the arms bent at right angles in a clockwise direction

emblem

noun
1. crest, mark, design, image, figure, seal, shield, badge, insignia, coat of arms, heraldic device, sigil (rare) the emblem of the Red Cross
2. representation, symbol, mark, sign, type, token The eagle was an emblem of strength and courage.

emblem

noun
An object associated with and serving to identify something else:
Translations
شِعار، رَمْز
emblémznak
kendemærkesymboltegn
amblem
tákn
emblemasimbolinissimbolis
emblēmasimbols
emblém
emblem

emblem

[ˈembləm] Nemblema m

emblem

[ˈɛmbləm] nemblème m
an emblem of sth → un emblème de qch

emblem

nEmblem nt; (of political party, trade also)Wahrzeichen nt

emblem

[ˈɛmbləm] nemblema m

emblem

(ˈembləm) noun
an object chosen to represent an idea, a quality, a country etc. The dove is the emblem of peace.
ˌembleˈmatic (-ˈmӕtik) adjective
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his body, which was nearly naked, presented a terrific emblem of death, drawn in intermingled colors of white and black.
This remarkable urchin, in truth, was the very emblem of old Father Time, both in respect of his all-devouring appetite for men and things, and because he, as well as Time, after ingulfing thus much of creation, looked almost as youthful as if he had been just that moment made.
An imp of evil, emblem and product of sin, she had no right among christened infants.
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In fact, everybody in the room bore on his head this characteristic emblem of man's sovereignty; whether it were felt hat, palm-leaf, greasy beaver, or fine new chapeau, there it reposed with true republican independence.
A ridge of lighted heath, alive, glancing, devouring, would have been a meet emblem of my mind when I accused and menaced Mrs.
It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers.
What the Admiralty was to me that day; what nonsense I made of our case in my mind, as I listened to it; how I saw 'DORA' engraved upon the blade of the silver oar which they lay upon the table, as the emblem of that high jurisdiction; and how I felt when Mr.
The picture, changed or unchanged, would be to him the visible emblem of conscience.
It is so essentially the instrument of all the people, in fact, that we might almost point to it as a national emblem, as the trade-mark of democracy and the American spirit.
The chase is the emblem of war; it has stratagems, wiles, and crafty devices for overcoming the enemy in safety; in it extreme cold and intolerable heat have to be borne, indolence and sleep are despised, the bodily powers are invigorated, the limbs of him who engages in it are made supple, and, in a word, it is a pursuit which may be followed without injury to anyone and with enjoyment to many; and the best of it is, it is not for everybody, as field-sports of other sorts are, except hawking, which also is only for kings and great lords.
Coming close to the tomb, he began to remove from the chinks some of the sacred emblem which he had placed there.