[ im-prey-zuh ]
/ ɪmˈpreɪ zə /

noun, plural im·pre·sas, im·pre·se [im-prey-zey] /ɪmˈpreɪ zeɪ/. Obsolete.

a device or emblem.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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

British Dictionary definitions for impresa


imprese (ɪmˈpriːz)

/ (ɪmˈpreɪzə) /


an emblem or device, usually a motto, as on a coat of arms

Word Origin for impresa

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