- a device or emblem.
- a motto.
Also im·prese [im-preez] /ɪmˈpriz/.
Origin of impresa
1580–90; < Italian: literally, undertaking, noun use of feminine of impreso, past participle of imprendere to undertake; see emprise
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Examples from the Web for impresa
Every one from the highest rank downwards had his personal devise or impresa, or more often a series of them.Jewellery
H. Clifford Smith,
Her impresa, the crescent of Diana, is conspicuous on his palaces, and he even caused it to be engraved upon his coins.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things
Edmund Fillingham King
She assumed as her impresa the chantepleure, with the sorrowful motto: “Plus ne m'est rien: rien ne m'est plus.”Illuminated Manuscripts
John W. Bradley
- an emblem or device, usually a motto, as on a coat of arms
C16: from Italian, literally: undertaking, hence deed of chivalry, motto, from imprendere to undertake; see emprise
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