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LC control 85087702
LC classificationCR73 CR75 Heraldry
PN6309 PN6318
Topical headingMottoes
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See alsoEmblems
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Found inOxford dictionaries website, May 14, 2013 (motto noun (plural mottoes or mottos) 1 a short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals of an individual, family, or institution; 2 Music a phrase which recurs throughout a musical work and has some symbolical significance
Merriam-Webster online, May 14, 2013 (motto, plural mottoes also mottos. 1 : a sentence, phrase, or word inscribed on something as appropriate to or indicative of its character or use 2 : a short expression of a guiding principle), May 14, 2013 (motto noun, plural mottoes, mottos. 1. a maxim adopted as an expression of the guiding principle of a person, organization, city, etc. 2. a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or purpose of a person, organization, city, etc., and often inscribed on a badge, banner, etc.)
Collins English dictionary online, May 14, 2013 (motto (plural) -toes, -tos 1. a short saying expressing the guiding maxim or ideal of a family, organization, etc, esp when part of a coat of arms 2. a short explanatory phrase inscribed on or attached to something 3. a verse or maxim contained in a paper cracker 4. a quotation prefacing a book or chapter of a book 5. a recurring musical phrase)
Wikipedia, May 14, 2013 (A motto (Italian for pledge, sentence; plural: mottoes (always listed first) or also mottos) is a phrase meant to formally summarize the general motivation or intention of a social group or organization. A motto may be in any language, but Latin is the most used in the Western world. The local language is usual in the mottoes of governments. In informal ways, it can be a rule or slogan someone follows, or lives their life by. In heraldry, a motto is often depicted on the shield or else above the crest as in Scots heraldry. In literature, a motto is a sentence, phrase, poem, or word prefixed to an essay, chapter, novel, or the like suggestive of its subject matter.)