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motto

noun mot·to \ˈmä-(ˌ)tō\

: a short sentence or phrase that expresses a rule guiding the behavior of a particular person or group

plural mottoes also mottos

Full Definition of MOTTO

1
:  a sentence, phrase, or word inscribed on something as appropriate to or indicative of its character or use
2
:  a short expression of a guiding principle

Examples of MOTTO

  1. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst is my motto.
  2. The Boy Scout motto is Be prepared.

Origin of MOTTO

Italian, from Late Latin muttum grunt, from Latin muttire to mutter
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with MOTTO

MOTTO Defined for Kids

motto

noun mot·to \ˈmä-tō\
plural mottoes

Definition of MOTTO for Kids

1
:  a phrase or word inscribed on something (as a coin or public building) to suggest its use or nature
2
:  a short expression of a guiding rule of conduct <The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.”>

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