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emblem

noun

  1. (design)  special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, and so on
    Synonyms: impresa [archaic, Italian]. Type of: design
  2. (symbolic representation)  a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
    Synonyms: allegory. Type of: symbolic representation

Etymology summary

French emblème "symbol" (16th century), from Latin emblema "inlaid ornamental...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Emblem

an abstract or representational pictorial image that represents a concept, like a moral truth, or an allegory, or a person, like a king or saint. Although words emblem and symbol are often used interchangeably, an emblem is a pattern that is used to ... (43 of 1125 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Emblem

New World Dictionary:

emblem

[historical] a picture with a motto or verses, allegorically suggesting some moral truth, etc. | a visible symbol of a thing, idea, class of people, ... (24 of 73 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/emblem

Collins Dictionary:

emblem | emblematic [derived] | emblematical [adjective, derived]

a visible object or representation that symbolizes a quality, type, group, etc, especially the concrete symbol of an abstract idea | an allegorical ... (22 of 551 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/emblem

Merriam-Webster:

emblematize | emblematized [past tense] | emblematizing [present participle] | symbolize [synonym] | represent [synonym] | body [similar] | embody [similar] | epitomize [similar] | incarnate [similar] | ...

to represent by or as if by an emblem; "symbolize" (10 of 54 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/emblematize

emblem [entry 1, noun] | ensign [synonym, sense-specific] | hallmark [synonym, sense-specific] | impresa [synonym, sense-specific] | logo [synonym, sense-specific] | symbol [synonym, sense-specific] | totem [synonym, sense-specific] | trademark [synonym, sense-specific] | attribute [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a picture with a motto or set of verses intended as a moral lesson | an object or the figure of an object symbolizing and suggesting another object or ... (28 of 153 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/emblem

Oxford Dictionary:

emblem | emblem of

a heraldic device or symbolic object as a distinctive badge of a nation, organization, or family | ("emblem of") : a thing serving as a symbol of a ... (27 of 99 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/emblem

American Heritage Dictionary:

emblem

An object or a representation that functions as a symbol. | A distinctive badge, design, or device | An allegorical picture usually inscribed with a ... (23 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/emblem

Random House Dictionary:

emblem

an object or its representation, symbolizing a quality, state, class of persons, etc.; symbol. | a sign, design, or figure that identifies or ... (22 of 79 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/emblem

Macmillan British Dictionary:

emblem [countable] | emblems [plural]

a design or object that is a symbol of something such as a country or organization | something that is generally accepted as a symbol of a quality, ... (27 of 59 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/emblem

Cambridge Dictionary:

emblem

a picture of an object which is used to represent a particular person, group or idea (16 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/emblem

Wiktionary:

emblem | emblems [plural] | symbol [synonym, sense-specific] | token [to betoken, synonym, sense-specific]

A representative symbol, such as a trademark or logo. | Something which represents a larger whole. (15 of 19 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/emblem

Encarta Dictionary:

emblem | emblems [plural]

something that visually symbolizes an object, idea, group, or quality | a badge or sign that represents a person, group, or organization | an ... (22 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608060​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

emblem

First use: 1580s

Origin: French emblème "symbol" (16th century), from Latin emblema "inlaid ornamental work", from Greek emblema (genitive ... (16 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=emblem

American Heritage Dictionary:

emblem

Origin: Middle English, pictorial fable, from Latin emblēma, raised ornament, from Greek, embossed design, from emballein, ... (15 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/emblem

Wiktionary:

emblem | emblems [plural]

Origin: Old French embleme, from Latin emblema ("raised ornaments on vessels, tessellated work, mosaic"), from Ancient Greek ἔμβλημα (emblema, "an insertion"), from ἔμβάλλειν (emballein, "to put... (25 of 29 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/emblem

Oxford Dictionary:

emblem | emblem of

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (as a verb): from Latin emblema "inlaid work, raised ornament", from Greek emblēma "insertion", from emballein "throw in, ... (21 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/emblem

Collins Dictionary:

emblem

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin emblēma raised decoration, mosaic, from Greek, literally: something inserted, from emballein to insert, from ballein to throw

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/emblem

New World Dictionary:

emblem

Origin: originally, inlaid work from Latin emblema from Greek emblēma, insertion from emballein from en-, in + ballein, to throw, put: see "ball"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/emblem

Merriam-Webster:

emblem [entry 1, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin emblema inlaid work, from Greek emblēmat-, emblēma, from emballein to insert, from en- + ballein to throw

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/emblem

Encarta Dictionary:

emblem | emblems [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin, "inlaid design" from Greek emblēma "insertion" from emballein "to insert" from ballein "to throw"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608060​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

emblem

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "emblem"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/emblem

Macmillan British Dictionary:

emblem [countable] | emblems [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "emblem"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/emblem

Macmillan American Dictionary:

emblem [countable] | emblems [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "emblem"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/emblem

Cambridge Dictionary:

emblem

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "emblem"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "emblem"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/emblem

the Free Dictionary:

emblem

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "emblem"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "emblem"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "emblem" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/emblem

Google Dictionary:

emblem | emblems [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "emblem"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=emblem

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

emblem

Audio: North American pronunciation of "emblem"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=emblem​01 word=emblem

YourDictionary Audio:

emblem

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "emblem" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/emblem

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