- a maxim adopted as an expression of the guiding principle of a person, organization, city, etc.
- a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or purpose of a person, organization, city, etc., and often inscribed on a badge, banner, etc.
Origin of motto
Examples from the Web for motto
The motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum Latin for “Out of Many, one.”Does ‘Ebony’ Magazine Condone Bigotry?
March 28, 2014
Location: Lincolnton, N.C. Town motto: "History, Arts, Culture...They All Find a Home in Lincolnton!"Lesser Mysteries for Those With Breaking News Fatigue
Kelly Williams Brown
March 23, 2014
School leaders of an institution that boasts the motto, “Safe, Responsible & Respectful” were none of the above.The Schools That Starve Students to Punish Deadbeat Parents
January 30, 2014
Appropriately enough, the Basin family crest bears the motto “boldness and inspiration.”Putin's Criminal Olympics
January 27, 2014
Health and safety über alles: the prayer of a people shot through with fear, and the motto of our times.How to Fight for Freedom in 2014
December 29, 2013
"De Lawd will provide" was her motto, and He never failed her.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
But the debellare superbos should be my motto, were I to have a new one.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
You'd better bring out that motto and hang it up where they can see it.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Nil admirari is the motto of the Man of Taste in Building, where he is naturally at home.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Mother's motto is that one more or less never makes any difference.In the Midst of Alarms
- a short saying expressing the guiding maxim or ideal of a family, organization, etc, esp when part of a coat of arms
- a short explanatory phrase inscribed on or attached to something
- a verse or maxim contained in a paper cracker
- a quotation prefacing a book or chapter of a book
- a recurring musical phrase
Word Origin and History for motto
1580s, from Italian motto "a saying, legend attached to a heraldic design," from Late Latin muttum "grunt, word," from Latin muttire "to mutter, mumble, murmur" (see mutter).