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motto (ˈmɒtəʊ



(plural) -toes or -tos
  1. a short saying expressing the guiding maxim or ideal of a family, organization, etc, esp when part of a coat of arms
  2. a short explanatory phrase inscribed on or attached to something
  3. a verse or maxim contained in a paper cracker
  4. a quotation prefacing a book or chapter of a book
  5. a recurring musical phrase

Word Origin

C16: via Italian from Latin muttum utterance

Translations for 'motto'

  • British English: motto A motto is a short sentence or phrase that expresses a rule for sensible behaviour, especially a way of behaving in a particular situation. NOUNOur motto is 'Plan for the worst and hope for the best'.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: lema
  • Chinese: 格言
  • European Spanish: lema
  • French: devise
  • German: Motto
  • Italian: motto
  • Japanese: 標語
  • Korean: 좌우명
  • Portuguese: lema
  • Spanish: lema

Example Sentences Including 'motto'

It was the kind of portico that should have had a motto carved in it.
Instead he said, `Mr Pennington, our motto is `The Redcoats Are Coming `... We deliver.
Davis, John Gordon Seize the Reckless Wind
She'd been wrong; forget forever: seize the moment was going to be her new motto.
Christina Jones TICKLED PINK (2002)


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