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Definition of "motto" []

  • A brief statement used to express a principle, goal, or ideal. See Synonyms at saying. (noun)
  • A sentence, phrase, or word of appropriate character inscribed on or attached to an object. (noun)
  • A maxim adopted as a guide to one's conduct. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "motto" in a sentence
  • "The Latin motto is "audacia et prudentia" - courage and prudence."
  • "Let's face it...on the surface, the biggest thing happening in this town is the "Kanawha Kordsmen Barbershop Chorus" performing tonight at the "Clay Center for the Arts," & the town's motto is Latin for "Hey, we just got cable!""
  • "Possibly in a bid to allay fears that nationalism and protectionism were driving the agenda--though it's hard to wonder how they couldn't in a country whose motto translates as "we wish to remain what we are"--a Luxembourg minister said on Tuesday that the takeover law, which it plans to enact in May, was in no way aimed at creating impediments to Mittal's play for Arcelor."