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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.
References in classic literature ?
de Treville had served him so faithfully in his wars against the league that in default of money--a thing to which the Bearnais was accustomed all his life, and who constantly paid his debts with that of which he never stood in need of borrowing, that is to say, with ready wit--in default of money, we repeat, he authorized him, after the reduction of Paris, to assume for his arms a golden lion passant upon gules, with the motto Fidelis et fortis.
By the device therefore of his motto, it became impracticable for any man to presume to imitate the Spectators, without understanding at least one sentence in the learned languages.
He was puzzled, but replied with a laugh: "My motto is Concentrate.
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.
Work first and then play used to be my motto when I was a girl.
The spars rigged up on the narrow hulls were indeed tall then, and the ship of which I think, with her coloured-glass skylight ends bearing the motto, "Let Glasgow Flourish," was certainly one of the most heavily-sparred specimens.
This procrastinator Kutuzov, whose motto was "Patience and Time," this enemy of decisive action, gave battle at Borodino, investing the preparations for it with unparalleled solemnity.
Bois-Guilbert's new shield bore a raven in full flight, holding in its claws a skull, and bearing the motto, Gare le Corbeau.
I possess penetration, perseverance, conviction; I govern a mysterious people, who has taken for its motto, the motto of God,
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.
And as for cabinet counsels, it may be their motto, plenus rimarum sum: one futile person, that maketh it his glory to tell, will do more hurt than many, that know it their duty to conceal.