Simple Definition of emblem
: 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
1 : a picture with a motto or set of verses intended as a moral lesson
2 : 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
Examples of emblem in a sentence
The flag is the emblem of our nation.
He has come to be regarded as an emblem of conservatism.
Did You Know?
Both "emblem" and its synonym "symbol" trace back to the Greek verb ballein, meaning "to throw." "Emblem" arose from emballein, meaning "to insert," while "symbol" comes from "symballein," Greek for to throw together. "Ballein" is also an ancestor of the words "parable" (from "paraballein," "to compare"), "metabolism" (from "metaballein," "to change"), and "problem" (from "proballein," "to throw forward"). Another (somewhat surprising) "ballein" descendant is "devil," which comes from Greek diabolos, literally meaning "slanderer." "Diabolos" in turn comes from diaballein, meaning "to throw across" or "to slander."
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
Definition of emblem
First Known Use of emblem
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Definition of emblem for Students
: an object or an image used to suggest a thing that cannot be pictured <The flag is the emblem of our nation.>
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