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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Motto'

Motto Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    motto n : a favorite saying of a sect or political group [syn: slogan, catchword, shibboleth] [also: mottoes (pl)]
Motto Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Motto \Mot"to\, n.; pl. Mottoes. [It. motto a word, a saying, L. muttum a mutter, a grunt, cf. muttire, mutire, to mutter, mumble; prob. of imitative origin. Cf. Mot a word.]
  1. (Her.) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment.
  2. 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 principle; a maxim. It was the motto of a bishop eminent for his piety and good works, . . . ``Serve God, and be cheerful.'' --Addison.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Motto'

A motto (Italian for pledge, sentence; plural: mottos or mottoes) is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of a social group or organization. A motto may be in any language, but Latin is the most used. The local language is usual in the mottos of governments. In informal ways, it can be a rule or slogan someone follows, or lives their life by.

In heraldry, a motto is often depicted on a scroll in an achievement of arms, typically below the shield or else above the crest as in Scots heraldry.

In English mottoes are not granted with armorial bearings, and may be adopted and changed at will. In Scottish heraldry mottos can only be changed by remarticulation, with the Lord Lyon King of arms.

A canting motto is one that contains word play. For example, the motto of the Earl of Onslow is Festina lente, punningly interpreting on-slow (literally "make haste slowly").

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* There is a vast world of work out there in this country, where at least 111 million people are employed in this country alone--many of whom are bored out of their minds. All day long. Not for nothing is their motto TGIF -- 'Thank God It's Friday.' They live for the weekends, when they can go do what they really want to do. - Richard Nelson Bolles

* My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. - Hank Aaron

* My motto is that I enjoy life. I think there's a kind of simplicity to that way of thinking. - Jenna Elfman

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Motto Sample Sentences in News

  • Washington Council Votes to Display ‘In God We Trust’ Motto Amid Controversy
    TACOMA, Wash. – Members of a county council in Washington State have voted to display the motto ‘In God We Trust’ in the council chambers following controversy over whether the motto was inclusive or exclusive in its meaning. By a vote of 4-3, the Pierce County Council approved the resolution, making the council the first […] Read more on this news related to 'Motto'
  • Heritage Spotlight: ‘In God We Trust’
    A 1956 law was the first establishment of an official motto for the United States. Although “E Pluribus Unum” (from many, one) had been adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782 as the motto for the Seal Read more on this news related to 'Motto'
  • North Texas Tax Office Adopts ‘In God We Trust’ Motto
    The phrase is already on your money. The Tarrant County tax assessor thought it was fitting it should be on his office paperwork. The national motto, “In God We Trust,” is now printed on the back of tax office envelopes. Read more on this news related to 'Motto'

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