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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: "Exuberance over taste!" is my motto.

[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.
References in classic literature ?
Hope and keep busy', that's the motto for us, so let's see who will remember it best.
It bore a device, a herald's wording of which may serve for a motto and brief description of our now concluded legend; so sombre is it, and relieved only by one ever-glowing point of light gloomier than the shadow: --
Now, in general, Stick to the boat, is your true motto in whaling; but cases will sometimes happen when Leap from the boat, is still better.
I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.
One thing at a time, is my motto -- and just play that thing for all it is worth, even if it's only two pair and a jack.
Here and there, on the walls, appeared the names of American students, and in one place the American arms and motto were displayed in colored chalks.
Make the best o' things the way you find 'em, says I -- that's my motto.
It is a sort of prologue to the play, a motto to the chapter; and will be soon followed by matteroffact prose.
I grant an ugly WOMAN is a blot on the fair face of creation; but as to the GENTLEMEN, let them be solicitous to possess only strength and valour: let their motto be:- Hunt, shoot, and fight: the rest is not worth a fillip.
Over the door are my name, portrait, and autograph, expanded to colossal proportions, and surrounded in flowing letters, by the motto of the establishment, 'Down with the Doctors
I dare say ours is likely to be a rather long engagement, but our motto is "Wait and hope
These circumstances exalted her inward drama in her own eyes, and deepened the emphasis with which she declared to herself that not the most dazzling rank should induce her to marry a man whose conduct showed him careless of his character, but that, "love once, love always", was the motto of a true and pure woman, and no man should ever have any right over her which would be a call on her to destroy the dried flowers that she treasured, and always would treasure, for Godfrey Cass's sake.