Definition of motto
- "The Crossroads of America" is the motto of the state of Indiana.
- "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst" is my motto.
“Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” is my motto.
The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.”
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: a short sentence or phrase that expresses a rule guiding the behavior of a particular person or group
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