emblem

noun
em·​blem | \ ˈem-bləm How to pronounce emblem (audio) \

Definition of emblem

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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 device
b : a device, symbol, or figure adopted and used as an identifying mark

emblem

verb
emblemed; embleming; emblems

Definition of emblem (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for emblem

Synonyms: Noun

ensign, hallmark, impresa, logo, symbol, totem, trademark

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Noun

emblem, symbol, and token mean a visible thing that stands for something that cannot be pictured. emblem is usually used of an object or a picture that stands for a group such as a family, an organization, or a nation. The eagle is one of our national emblems. symbol may be used of anything that is understood as a sign for something else. The lion is the symbol of courage. token is used of an object or act that shows the existence of something else. This gift is a token of our love.

Emblem Has Greek Roots

Noun

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."

Examples of emblem in a Sentence

Noun

The flag is the emblem of our nation. He has come to be regarded as an emblem of conservatism.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The cathedral has long been a national emblem of France, sitting at the center of Paris on the Île de la Cité. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Fashion Luxury Groups, Kering and LVMH, Pledge Combined 300 Million Euros to Repair Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 Regardless, the Notre-Dame—which was completed in the 1200s and restored through many instances of destruction—is an emblem of French culture and beyond, leaving many in complete sorrow. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire," 15 Apr. 2019 According to FTD by Design, these pink blossoms are the emblem of Venus, the goddess of love. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Mayor Erin Stewart shared a photo of the vandalism on Thursday night, appearing to show spray paint along the structure and at least one of the gold emblems from the monument on the ground. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Borinqueneers Monument vandalized in New Britain, GoFundMe created to make repairs," 7 June 2019 Tonight, all Parisians and French mourn this emblem of our communal history. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire," 15 Apr. 2019 In addition to the routine maintenance that is common at high schools during the summer, Stevenson is taking a step to change its image — specifically, it’s primary emblem. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Stevenson adopts new logo to replace the Patriot after students cite 'plagiarism'," 18 June 2018 His colleague had mailed Wertkin a picture of the department emblem signed by his colleagues as a farewell gift, Harris said. Washington Post, "Ex-Justice Dept. lawyer caught in ‘most serious’ internal corruption case in recent memory," 8 Mar. 2018 The podium wasn’t the only thing the skiers shared after getting matching tattoos of the Pyeongchang emblem. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "Winter Olympics medal count: How is Team USA doing in Pyeongchang?," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of emblem

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emblem

Noun

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

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English Language Learners Definition of emblem

: an object or picture used to suggest a thing that cannot be shown
: a person or thing that represents an idea

emblem

noun
em·​blem | \ ˈem-bləm How to pronounce emblem (audio) \

Kids Definition of emblem

: 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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