Definition of motto
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
“Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” is my motto.
The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.”
Recent Examples of motto from the Web
What's your style philosophy or motto: Know the occasion.
Re-launched in the late-90s by Volkswagen, the Bugatti name traces its history to Ettore Bugatti who over a century ago built cars under the motto that no car could be too beautiful or too expensive.
A decades-old city motto has been revived in Imperial Beach with the creation of a large gray whale mural on the side of a local business at the gateway to the city.
What's your style philosophy or motto: Dress like a boss every day.
One should live by this motto: I was not born to one little corner—
This is a motto, but also the true way people work here.
From Neymar and Andres Iniesta to the incomparable genius of Lionel Messi, we are all acquainted with the blaugrana jersey and the club's prominent motto, Més que un club (More than a club.)
Feel free to use that as a motto in your next promotional campaign, Mayor Rahm.
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Origin and Etymology of motto
Italian, from Late Latin muttum grunt, from Latin muttire to mutter
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
MOTTO Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of motto for Students
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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