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noun mot·to \ˈmä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of motto

plural

mottoes

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mottos

  1. 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. 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.

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Origin and Etymology of motto

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


First Known Use: 15th century


MOTTO Defined for English Language Learners

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noun mot·to \ˈmä-(ˌ)tō\

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

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noun mot·to \ˈmä-tō\

Definition of motto for Students

plural

mottoes

  1. 1 :  a phrase or word inscribed on something (as a coin or public building) to suggest its use or nature

  2. 2 :  a short expression of a guiding rule of conduct The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.”



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