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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Definitions for emblem

  1. an object or its representation, symbolizing a quality, state, class of persons, etc.; symbol: The olive branch is an emblem of peace.
  2. a sign, design, or figure that identifies or represents something: the emblem of a school.
  3. an allegorical picture, often inscribed with a motto supplemental to the visual image with which it forms a single unit of meaning.

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Citations for emblem
But instead of joining the former Paris prison as an emblem of a decisive break with the past, Mr. Yanukovych’s palatial residence, tennis courts, golf course, personal zoo, helicopter pad and acres of landscaped gardens are now “a symbol of our state’s inability to function normally,” Mr. Syrotiuk said. Andrew Higgins, "Ukraine Palace Is Still Emblem of Dysfunction," New York Times, September 8, 2014
So a national floral emblem is not a thing of unrelated, arbitrary choice. To be truly symbolic, it must have been interwoven with the story of the land and the people, and its associations with them must be potent and enduring. Edna Dean Proctor, "Our National Floral Emblem," National Magazine, October, 1903
Origin of emblem
late Middle English
Emblem entered English in the 1400s from the Latin emblēma meaning "inlaid or mosaic work," and ultimately derives from the Greek émblēma meaning "something put on."