From Old French embleme, from Latin emblema (“raised ornaments on vessels, tessellated work, mosaic”), from Ancient Greek ἔμβλημα (émblēma, “an insertion”), from ἐμβάλλειν (embállein, “to put in, to lay on”). Doublet of emblema.
emblem (plural emblems)
- A representative symbol, such as a trademark or logo.
- c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i], page 235:
- His ſicatrice, with an Embleme of warre, heere on his ſiniſter cheeke;
- Something that represents a larger whole.
- The rampant poverty in the ethnic slums was just an emblem of the group's disenfranchisement by the society as a whole.
- 2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities […] ”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport):
- Yes, there were instances of grandstanding and obsessive behaviour, but many were concealed at the time to help protect an aggressively peddled narrative of Pistorius the paragon, the emblem, the trailblazer.
- Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in a surface.
- 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Broider'd the ground, more color'd than with stone
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- A picture accompanied with a motto, a set of verses, etc. intended as a moral lesson or meditation.
- emblem in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- emblem in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- an emblem
- an emblem
- “emblem” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
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