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impresa

[im-prey-zuh]
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noun, plural im·pre·sas, im·pre·se [im-prey-zey] /ɪmˈpreɪ zeɪ/. Obsolete.
  1. a device or emblem.
  2. a motto.
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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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  • The best-known representations of these three devices are figured in Paolo Giovio's Dialogo dell' imprese.

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    H. Clifford Smith,


British Dictionary definitions for imprese

impresa

imprese (ɪmˈpriːz)

noun
  1. an emblem or device, usually a motto, as on a coat of arms
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Word Origin

C16: from Italian, literally: undertaking, hence deed of chivalry, motto, from imprendere to undertake; see emprise
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