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1emblem

noun em·blem \ˈem-bləm\

: an object or picture used to suggest a thing that cannot be shown

: a person or thing that represents an idea

Full Definition of EMBLEM

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:  a picture with a motto or set of verses intended as a moral lesson
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:  an object or the figure of an object symbolizing and suggesting another object or an idea
3
a :  a symbolic object used as a heraldic device
b :  a device, symbol, or figure adopted and used as an identifying mark
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Examples of EMBLEM

  1. The flag is the emblem of our nation.
  2. He has come to be regarded as an emblem of conservatism.

Origin of EMBLEM

Middle English, from Latin emblema inlaid work, from Greek emblēmat-, emblēma, from emballein to insert, from en- + ballein to throw — more at devil
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Heraldry Terms

blazon, cachet, couchant, dormant, escutcheon, potent, standard, totem

2emblem

verb

Definition of EMBLEM

transitive verb

First Known Use of EMBLEM

1584

Other Heraldry Terms

blazon, cachet, couchant, dormant, escutcheon, potent, standard, totem
EMBLEMS Defined for Kids

emblem

noun em·blem \ˈem-bləm\

Definition of EMBLEM for Kids

:  an object or an image used to suggest a thing that cannot be pictured <The flag is the emblem of our nation.>

Synonym Discussion of EMBLEM

emblem, symbol, and token mean a visible thing that stands for something that cannot be pictured. emblem is usually used of an object or a picture that stands for a group such as a family, an organization, or a nation. <The eagle is one of our national emblems.> symbol may be used of anything that is understood as a sign for something else. <The lion is the symbol of courage.> token is used of an object or act that shows the existence of something else. <This gift is a token of our love.>

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