motto

noun mot·to \ ˈmä-(ˌ)tō \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of motto

plural mottoes also mottos
1 : a sentence, phrase, or word inscribed on something as appropriate to or indicative of its character or use
  • "The Crossroads of America" is the motto of the state of Indiana.
2 : a short expression of a guiding principle
  • "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst" is my motto.

Examples of motto in a Sentence

  1. “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” is my motto.

  2. The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.”

Recent Examples of motto from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of motto

Italian, from Late Latin muttum grunt, from Latin muttire to mutter

MOTTO Defined for English Language Learners

motto

noun

Definition of motto for English Language Learners

  • : a short sentence or phrase that expresses a rule guiding the behavior of a particular person or group


MOTTO Defined for Kids

motto

noun mot·to \ ˈmä-tō \

Definition of motto for Students

plural mottoes
1 : a phrase or word inscribed on something (as a coin or public building) to suggest its use or nature
2 : a short expression of a guiding rule of conduct
  • The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.”


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