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Meaning of MOTTO

Pronunciation:  'mâtow

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a favorite saying of a sect or political group
 

MOTTO is a 5 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: catchword, shibboleth, slogan
 
 See Also: battle cry, catch phrase, catchphrase, cry, expression, locution, rallying cry, saying, war cry

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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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