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See also: Emblem and emblém



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).



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 (third-person singular simple present emblems, present participle embleming, simple past and past participle emblemed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To symbolize.

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emblem n (singular definite emblemet, plural indefinite emblemer)

  1. emblem





emblem n

  1. emblem


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