em·​blem·​at·​ic | \ˌem-blə-ˈma-tik \
variants: or less commonly emblematical \ ˌem-​blə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl \

Definition of emblematic 

: of, relating to, or constituting an emblem : symbolic, representative

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emblematically \ ˌem-​blə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for emblematic


representational, representative, symbolic (also symbolical)



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Examples of emblematic in a Sentence

the dove is emblematic of the organization's mission to bring some peace to a troubled world

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Morin's also emblematic of the widening umbrella of Latino activism. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Darryl Morin, rising Hispanic leader known for building coalitions, renounces GOP membership," 14 July 2018 Staying true to their style, the song’s music video features some classic synchrony and modern dance emblematic of their early 2000s stardom. Melania Hidalgo, PEOPLE.com, "Watch the Backstreet Boys Break Out the Classroom Instruments for 'I Want It That Way' with Jimmy Fallon," 29 June 2018 Beyond being more spacious and efficient, the facility is also meant to impress travelers with a Gensler-design emblematic of San Diego’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Facial recognition tech speeds up customs at new San Diego airport facility," 28 June 2018 Drake often sings but is primarily a rapper, emblematic of hip-hop’s firm grip on pop culture. Dj Louie Xiv, Vanities, "Has 2018 Killed the Pop Star?," 22 June 2018 Don’t come to Act II expecting spectacle: The playing space is small, and Adam Riggar’s scenic design of vertical wooden planks, suggesting a fence, and a circular platform, emblematic of the fabled Round Table, is serviceable rather than stunning. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "Act II Playhouse's 'Camelot' a scaled-down yet powerful portrayal," 27 May 2018 Illustrations to the right of the text include a rose, emblematic of the United States, which is adorned by two golden poppies, symbols of Markle's birthplace of California. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "The Queen Just Formally Approved of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Marriage," 13 May 2018 One of two Meissen-porcelain figure groups emblematic of air and fire, modeled by J. J. Kändler, circa 1745. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "The Rockefeller Knickknacks," 15 Apr. 2018 In recent seasons, Philip has retreated from the world of derring-do, embracing instead a simpering self-help doctrine emblematic of the era, while Elizabeth has turned into an ever more remorseless assassin. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Sex, Spies, and Clunky Computers on “The Americans”," 7 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of emblematic

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emblematic was in 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of emblematic

: representing something (such as an idea, state, or emotion) that cannot be seen by itself

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