Definition of motto in English:
noun (plural mottoes or mottos)
1A short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family, or institution: the school motto, “Serve and obey” he soon adopted the motto “work hard and play hard.”
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- His family motto epitomises the Giffards' traditional love of hunting.
- Mark and I have also developed many skills over the years so make do and mend is a bit of a family motto.
- Above a door he spots a shield with the Montgomerie family motto - ‘Guard Yourself Well’.
maxim, saying, proverb, aphorism, adage, saw, axiom, apophthegm, formula, expression, phrase, dictum, precept;
slogan, catchphrase, mantra;
truism, cliché, platitude
1.1 Music A phrase that recurs throughout a musical work and has some symbolic significance.
- Elgar rarely states the motto in full, and yet its presence haunts the entire work.
Late 16th century: from Italian, 'word'.
Words that rhyme with mottoblotto, Giotto, grotto, lotto, Otto, risotto, Watteau
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