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EnglishEdit

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for motto in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Italian motto (a word, a saying), from Latin muttum (a mutter, a grunt), late 16th c.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

motto (plural mottos or mottoes)

  1. (heraldry) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievement.
  2. A sentence, phrase, or word, prefixed to an essay, discourse, chapter, canto, or the like, suggestive of its subject matter; a short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle; a maxim.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
      It was the motto of a bishop eminent for his piety and good works, ... Serve God, and be cheerful.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      “[…] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes like
        Here's rattling good luck and roaring good cheer, / With lashings of food and great hogsheads of beer. […]”

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CzechEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • moto n (less common)

NounEdit

motto n

  1. motto
  2. epigraph

DeclensionEdit

See alsoEdit


DanishEdit

NounEdit

motto n (singular definite mottoet, plural indefinite mottoer)

  1. motto

ReferencesEdit


DutchEdit

 
Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nl

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: mot‧to

EtymologyEdit

From Italian motto (a word, a saying).

NounEdit

motto n (plural motto's, diminutive mottootje n)

  1. motto
  2. (heraldry) motto

HyponymsEdit


FinnishEdit

NounEdit

motto

  1. A motto (sentence or a phrase with guiding principle).
  2. (heraldry) A motto.

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of motto (Kotus type 1/valo, tt-t gradation)
nominative motto motot
genitive moton mottojen
partitive mottoa mottoja
illative mottoon mottoihin
singular plural
nominative motto motot
accusative nom. motto motot
gen. moton
genitive moton mottojen
partitive mottoa mottoja
inessive motossa motoissa
elative motosta motoista
illative mottoon mottoihin
adessive motolla motoilla
ablative motolta motoilta
allative motolle motoille
essive mottona mottoina
translative motoksi motoiksi
instructive motoin
abessive mototta motoitta
comitative mottoineen

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin muttum (mutter).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

motto m (plural motti)

  1. Witty remark
  2. motto, maxim
  3. posy (A motto inscribed inside a ring)

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

motto

  1. Rōmaji transcription of もっと

MaquiritariEdit

NounEdit

motto

  1. worm

ReferencesEdit

  • Ed. Key, Mary Ritchie and Comrie, Bernard. The Intercontinental Dictionary Series, Carib (De'kwana).

NauruanEdit

NounEdit

motto

  1. motto

Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

EtymologyEdit

From Italian motto

NounEdit

motto n (definite singular mottoet, indefinite plural motto or mottoer, definite plural mottoa or mottoene)

  1. a motto

ReferencesEdit


Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

EtymologyEdit

From Italian motto

NounEdit

motto n (definite singular mottoet, indefinite plural motto, definite plural mottoa)

  1. a motto

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SwedishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

motto n

  1. motto

DeclensionEdit

Declension of motto 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative motto mottot motton mottona
Genitive mottos mottots mottons mottonas

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