Motto



[mot-oh] /ˈmɒt oʊ/

noun, plural mottoes, mottos.
1.
a maxim adopted as an expression of the guiding principle of a person, organization, city, etc.
2.
a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or purpose of a person, organization, city, etc., and often inscribed on a badge, banner, etc.
/ˈmɒtəʊ/
noun (pl) -toes, -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
n.

1580s, from Italian motto “a saying, legend attached to a heraldic design,” from Late Latin muttum “grunt, word,” from Latin muttire “to mutter, mumble, murmur” (see mutter).

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