em·​blem·​at·​ic ˌem-blə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce emblematic (audio)
variants or less commonly emblematical
: of, relating to, or constituting an emblem : symbolic, representative
emblematically adverb

Examples of emblematic in a Sentence

the dove is emblematic of the organization's mission to bring some peace to a troubled world
Recent Examples on the Web To some Disney execs, the party disaster was emblematic of Godwin’s at-times rocky tenure managing the news division. Lachlan Cartwright, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 His journey is not just one of personal or professional development but is emblematic of the wider struggles faced by cannabis content creators in navigating the digital landscape. Javier Hasse, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Known as gynoids and immortalized by Helmut Newton in a shoot for Vogue’s November 1995 issue, the additional suits remain emblematic of Mugler’s aesthetic, influencing designers ranging from Alexander McQueen to Nicolas Ghesquière in the decades since. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 15 Feb. 2024 For New Hampshire, the midnight voting tradition is deeply rooted, and emblematic of the state's broader identity as a first-in-the nation primary contest that turns out large portions of Granite Staters every four years. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 22 Jan. 2024 This bizarre exchange was emblematic of an entire constellation of assumptions, biases, and misunderstandings that has proliferated in recent years and altered the way Jackson thinks of himself, his work, and American society more broadly. Thomas Chatterton Williams, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 For Lainey, the Saturnian system’s curious balance between order and chaos is emblematic of this greater truth. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 7 Feb. 2024 The Aggies’ remarkable roster flip is emblematic of a new era in collegiate athletics, where players can and do transfer at will with little allegiance to the name on the front of their jerseys. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 This was also a thoughtful nod to her father-in-law’s love of nature, gardening, and horticulture, and reflected the motif, used throughout the coronation, of the Green Man—an ancient figure from British folklore, who wears a crown made of emblematic flowers and oak, ivy, and hawthorn. Emma Spedding, Vogue, 22 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin emblēmaticus, from emblēmat-, emblēma emblem entry 1 + -icus -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emblematic was in 1645

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“Emblematic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblematic. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


em·​blem·​at·​ic ˌem-blə-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce emblematic (audio)
variants also emblematical
: of, relating to, or serving as an emblem : symbolic

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