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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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Historical Examples

  • 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.”


British Dictionary definitions for impresa

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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