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emblem

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noun em·blem \ˈem-bləm\

Definition of emblem

  1. 1 :  a picture with a motto or set of verses intended as a moral lesson

  2. 2 :  an object or the figure of an object symbolizing and suggesting another object or an idea

  3. 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

  1. The flag is the emblem of our nation.

  2. He has come to be regarded as an emblem of conservatism.

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."

Origin and Etymology of emblem

Middle English, from Latin emblema inlaid work, from Greek emblēmat-, emblēma, from emballein to insert, from en- + ballein to throw — more at devil


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emblem

verb em·blem

Definition of emblem

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  emblematize

First Known Use of emblem

1584


EMBLEM Defined for English Language Learners

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


EMBLEM Defined for Kids

emblem

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noun em·blem \ˈem-bləm\

Definition of emblem for Students

  1. :  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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