emblem

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From Old French embleme, from Latin emblema ‎(raised ornaments on vessels, tessellated work, mosaic), from Ancient Greek ἔμβλημα ‎(émblēma, an insertion), from ἔμβάλλειν ‎(émbállein, 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.
    • 2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities: Bladerunner's punishment for killing Reeva Steenkamp is but a frippery when set against the burden that her bereft parents, June and Barry, must carry [print version: No room for sentimentality in this tragedy, 13 September 2014, p. S22]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport)[1]:
      Yes, there were instances of grandstanding and obsessive behaviour, but many were concealed at the time to help protect an aggressively peddled narrative of [Oscar] Pistorius the paragon, the emblem, the trailblazer.
  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 (singular definite emblemet, plural indefinite emblemer)

  1. emblem

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emblem n

  1. emblem

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Inflection of emblem 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative emblem emblemet emblem emblemen
Genitive emblems emblemets emblems emblemens