- (heraldry) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment.
- 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 guide, guiding principle; a maxim.
Etymology: mottoItalian, motto (a word, a saying), muttum (a mutter, a grunt).
- "It was the motto of a bishop eminent for his piety and good works, ... Serve God, and be cheerful." -Addison.
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