em·​blem·​at·​ic | \ ˌem-blə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce emblematic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly emblematical \ ˌem-​blə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce emblematical (audio) \

Definition of emblematic

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from emblematic

emblematically \ ˌem-​blə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce emblematically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for emblematic


representational, representative, symbolic (also symbolical)



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

The content, perhaps not surprisingly, is predominantly centered on the self (the selfie being emblematic of this tendency). Kate Eichhorn, WIRED, "Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up," 8 July 2019 The Netherlands is the reigning European champion, and its swift rise in the last decade is emblematic of the challenge the U.S. somehow continues to keep at bay. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: US women's soccer team personified America at its best with World Cup championship," 7 July 2019 Seemingly subtle changes like this that could trigger domino effects in an ecosystem are emblematic of the impact of climate change. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Newborn Shrimp Often Undergo Sex Reversal, but Ocean Acidification Could Disturb That Natural Process," 28 June 2019 The whole production is emblematic of everything wrong with Congress. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: Everything wrong with Congress — in one ballgame," 25 June 2019 The whole production is emblematic of everything wrong with Congress. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Everything wrong with Congress — in one ballgame," 24 June 2019 That game was emblematic of a season in which Cummings’ squad time and again found ways to win late in games, coming from behind to beat Archbishop Spalding, St. Paul’s (twice), and fellow national powers Manhasset (N.Y.) and Bishop Ireton (Va.). Rich Scherr, baltimoresun.com, "2019 All-Metro girls lacrosse Co-Coaches of the Year: Taylor Cummings, McDonogh and Brigid Scanlon, South Carroll," 20 June 2019 The cutthroat battle for the German market is emblematic of this problem. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Bitter Reality Is Setting in for Europe’s Airlines," 17 June 2019 Detroit’s place at the top is emblematic of a national pattern. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit leads the nation in reverse mortgage foreclosures," 11 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'emblematic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of emblematic

1645, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about emblematic

Statistics for emblematic

Last Updated

11 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for emblematic

The first known use of emblematic was in 1645

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for emblematic



English Language Learners Definition of emblematic

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on emblematic

What made you want to look up emblematic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!