noun, plural mot·toes, mot·tos.
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.”
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Brandy Zadrozny|January 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Appropriately enough, the Basin family crest bears the motto “boldness and inspiration.”
Health and safety über alles: the prayer of a people shot through with fear, and the motto of our times.
The Corsican national flag was green and yellow, and bore the motto: In te Domine speravi.Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2|Ferdinand Gregorovius
The Villiers motto, Fidei coticula crux, The cross is the whetstone of faith, is inscribed on the frieze.Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
His motto is Progress; and while the forest whispers to him of the past, books and his own heart commune with him of the future.
Not that he feared danger: his motto was that of the old French knight—“Fais ce que dois, advienne que pourra!”For the Master's Sake|Emily Sarah Holt
No, ma'am, 'Never give in while there's a score behind the door,'—that's the motto of the Dempseys.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
noun plural -toes or -tos
Word Origin 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).