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motto

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noun mot·to \ˈmä-(ˌ)tō\

Simple Definition of motto

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of motto

plural

mottoes

also

mottos

  1. 1 :  a sentence, phrase, or word inscribed on something as appropriate to or indicative of its character or use

  2. 2 :  a short expression of a guiding principle

Examples of motto in a sentence

  1. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst is my motto.

  2. The Boy Scout motto is Be prepared.



Origin and Etymology of motto

Italian, from Late Latin muttum grunt, from Latin muttire to mutter


First Known Use: 15th century


MOTTO Defined for Kids

motto

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noun mot·to \ˈmä-tō\

Definition of motto for Students

plural

mottoes

  1. 1 :  a phrase or word inscribed on something (as a coin or public building) to suggest its use or nature

  2. 2 :  a short expression of a guiding rule of conduct <The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.”>




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