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
3a : a symbolic object used as a heraldic deviceb : a device, symbol, or figure adopted and used as an identifying mark
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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.
Recent Examples of emblem from the Web
The Cadillac had no inspection sticker on its front windshield, had damage to its driver’s side front quarter panel and was missing the Cadillac emblem on its front grille.
The President of the United States, for better or for worse, serves as a physical emblem of his country.
His goal is to continue to earn a few Eagle Palm awards as well as his Etz Chaim religious emblem.
The flaming red Nazi emblem on the tail flares in vivid contrast to the gray of the bag.
When coming upon a bright yellow Chevy Corvette, Finley got down to check out the emblem located on the front.
This Under Armour performance polo with the Auburn Tigers emblem would be an ideal gift for the dad that likes to look sharp while supporting his team.
The spectacular (and huge) St. George’s Hall is decorated with the colorful emblems of the knights of the chivalric Order of the Garter.
To those who had been watching Apple since the 1980s, however, shrinking computers and videophones seemed to be always just tantalizingly out of reach, emblems of a future that would, fingers crossed, eventually arrive.
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emblem Has Greek Roots
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."
Definition of emblem
First Known Use of emblem
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Definition of emblem for English Language Learners
: an object or picture used to suggest a thing that cannot be shown
: a person or thing that represents an idea
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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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