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motto

Definition:

a favorite saying of a sect or political group

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plurals:

mottoes | mottos

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Italian motto "a saying, legend attached to a heraldic design", from Late Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Motto

a phrase meant to formally summarize the general motivation or intention of a social group or organization. A motto may be in any language, but Latin is the most used in the Western world. The local language is usual in the mottoes of governments. In ... (45 of 477 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Motto

Motto (disambiguation)

A motto is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of a social group or organization. It can ... | Aphorism, a short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle | In music, a head-motif | A short quotation, joke, or an... (42 of 157 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Motto (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

a short saying expressing the guiding maxim or ideal of a family, organization, etc, especially when part of a coat of arms | a short explanatory ... (25 of 431 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

a short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals of an individual, family, or institution | [music] : a phrase which recurs ... (24 of 101 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/motto

Merriam-Webster:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

a sentence, phrase, or word inscribed on something as appropriate to or indicative of its character or use | a short expression of a guiding principle (25 of 86 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

A brief statement used to express a principle, goal, or ideal. | A sentence, phrase, or word of appropriate character inscribed on or attached to an ... (25 of 59 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/motto

Macmillan British Dictionary:

motto [countable] | mottos [plural] | mottoes [plural]

a short statement that expresses something such as a principle or an aim, often used as a statement of belief by an organization or individual (25 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Random House Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

a maxim adopted as an expression of the guiding principle of a person, organization, city, etc. | a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or ... (25 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/motto

New World Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

a word, phrase, or sentence chosen as expressive of the goals or ideals of a nation, group, etc. and inscribed on a seal, banner, coin, etc. | a maxim ... (28 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/motto

Wiktionary:

motto | mottos [plural] | mottoes [plural] | saying [synonym, sense-specific]

[heraldry] A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievement. | A sentence, phrase, or word, prefixed to an essay, discourse, chapter, canto, or the like, suggestive of its subject matter; a short, suggestive expression of a guiding ... (39 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/motto

Cambridge Dictionary:

motto | mottos [plural] | mottoes [plural]

a short sentence or phrase that expresses a belief or purpose (11 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/motto

Encarta Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

a short saying that expresses a rule to live by | a short saying that forms part of a coat of arms and expresses something about the family or place ... (29 of 113 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631459​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

motto

First use: 1580s

Origin: Italian motto "a saying, legend attached to a heraldic design", from Late Latin muttum "grunt, word", from Latin muttire "to mutter, mumble, murmur".

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

Merriam-Webster:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Italian, from Late Latin muttum grunt, from Latin muttire to mutter

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

Wiktionary:

motto | mottos [plural] | mottoes [plural]

Origin: Italian motto (a word, a saying), Latin muttum (a mutter, a grunt).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/motto

American Heritage Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

Origin: Italian, word, motto, probably from Vulgar Latin *mōttum, word; see "mot".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/motto

Collins Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: via Italian from Latin muttum utterance

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

New World Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

Origin: Italian, a word from Latin muttum: see "mot"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/motto

Oxford Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Italian, "word"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/motto

Encarta Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Italian, probably from assumed Vulgar Latin, "word"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631459​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "motto"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

motto [countable] | mottos [plural] | mottoes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "motto"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

motto [countable] | mottos [plural] | mottoes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "motto"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

motto | mottos [plural] | mottoes [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "motto"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "motto"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/motto

the Free Dictionary:

motto

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "motto"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "motto"

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

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/motto

Google Dictionary:

motto | mottoes [plural] | mottos [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "motto"

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

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

motto

Audio: North American pronunciation of "motto"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=motto​001 word=motto

YourDictionary Audio:

motto

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/motto

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