motto
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmɑt.oʊ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmɒtəʊ/
Noun

motto (plural mottos)

  1. (heraldry) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievement.
  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.
    • May 25 1715, Joseph Addison, The Freeloader No. 45
      It was the motto of a bishop eminent for his piety and good works, ... Serve God, and be cheerful.
  3. (obsolete) A paper packet containing a sweetmeat, cracker, etc., together with a scrap of paper bearing a motto.
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