emblem

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From Old French embleme, from Latin emblema (raised ornaments on vessels, tessellated work, mosaic), from Ancient Greek ἔμβλημα (emblema, an insertion), from ἔμβάλλειν (emballein, to put in, to lay on).

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emblem (plural emblems)

  1. A representative symbol, such as a trademark or logo.
    The trucks were emblazoned with the emblem of the Red Cross and were not supposed to be targeted.
    • Shakespeare
      His cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek.
  2. Something which 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.
  3. Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in a surface.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
  4. A picture accompanied with a motto, a set of verses, etc. intended as a moral lesson or meditation.

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emblem n

  1. emblem

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