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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 ?
It had a window of good size, iron-grated; a small stove; two wooden chairs; two oaken tables, very old and most elaborately carved with names, mottoes, faces, armorial bearings, etc.--the work of several generations of imprisoned students; and a narrow wooden bedstead with a villainous straw mattress, but no sheets, pillows, blankets, or coverlets--for these the student must furnish at his own cost if he wants them.
He drew portraits, with a piece of coal, of the cardinal; and as his talents did not enable him to produce a very good likeness, he wrote under the picture that there might be little doubt regarding the original: "Portrait of the Illustrious Coxcomb, Mazarin." Monsieur de Chavigny, the governor of Vincennes, waited upon the duke to request that he would amuse himself in some other way, or that at all events, if he drew likenesses, he would not put mottoes underneath them.
We are going to decorate the hall with creeping spruce and fir mottoes with pink tissue-paper roses in them.
Two characterful mottoes are Cygnis Insignis (Western Australia: Latin, 'Distinguished by its swans') and Sub umbra floreo (Belize: Latin, 'Under the shade I flourish').