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Meaning of EMBLEM

Pronunciation:  'emblum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
  2. [n]  a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

EMBLEM is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: allegory
 See Also: Agnus Dei, badge, colophon, colors, colours, crest, cross, design, device, donkey, dove, eagle, elephant, ensign, fasces, figure, flag, Hakenkreuz, hammer and sickle, heraldry, Magen David, maple-leaf, medallion, Mogen David, national flag, Paschal Lamb, pattern, red flag, scarlet letter, skull and crossbones, spread eagle, Star of David, swastika, symbol, symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization, totem, totem pole



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Em"blem\, n. [F. embl[`e]me, L. emblema, -atis, that
    which is put in or on, inlaid work, fr. Gr. ? a thing put in
    or on, fr. ? to throw, lay, put in; ? in + ? to throw. See
    {In}, and {Parable}.]
    1. Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental
       inserted in a surface. [Obs.] --Milton.
    2. A visible sign of an idea; an object, or the figure of an
       object, symbolizing and suggesting another object, or an
       idea, by natural aptness or by association; a figurative
       representation; a typical designation; a symbol; as, a
       balance is an emblem of justice; a scepter, the emblem of
       sovereignty or power; a circle, the emblem of eternity.
       ``His cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister
       cheek.'' --Shak.
    3. A picture accompanied with a motto, a set of verse, or the
       like, intended as a moral lesson or meditation.
    Note: Writers and artists of the 17th century gave much
          attention and study to the composition of such emblems,
          and many collections of them were published.
    Syn: Sign; symbol; type; device; signal; token.
    Usage: {Sign}, {Emblem}, {Symbol}, {Type}. Sign is the
           generic word comprehending all significant
           representations. An emblem is a visible object
           representing another by a natural suggestion of
           characteristic qualities, or an habitual and
           recognized association; as, a circle, having no
           apparent beginning or end, is an emblem of eternity; a
           particular flag is the emblem of the country or ship
           which has adopted it for a sign and with which it is
           habitually associated. Between emblem and symbol the
           distinction is slight, and often one may be
           substituted for the other without impropriety. See
           {Symbol}. Thus, a circle is either an emblem or a
           symbol of eternity; a scepter, either an emblem or a
           symbol of authority; a lamb, either an emblem or a
           symbol of meekness. ``An emblem is always of something
           simple; a symbol may be of something complex, as of a
           transaction . . . In consequence we do not speak of
           actions emblematic.'' --C. J. Smith. A type is a
           representative example, or model, exhibiting the
           qualities common to all individuals of the class to
           which it belongs; as, the Monitor is a type of a class
           of war vessels.
  2. \Em"blem\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emblemed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Embleming}.]
    To represent by an emblem; to symbolize. [R.]
          Emblemed by the cozening fig tree.       --Feltham.
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