motto

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See also: Motto, mottó, and mòtto

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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.
    • May 25 1715, Joseph Addison, The Freeloader No. 45
      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. []
  3. (obsolete) A paper packet containing a sweetmeat, cracker, etc., together with a scrap of paper bearing a motto.

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Czech[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • moto n (less common)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

motto n

  1. motto
  2. epigraph

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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

motto n (singular definite mottoet, plural indefinite mottoer)

  1. motto

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Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nl

Etymology[edit]

From Italian motto (a word, a saying).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: mot‧to

Noun[edit]

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

  1. motto
  2. (heraldry) motto

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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

motto

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

Declension[edit]

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
Possessive forms of motto (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person mottoni mottomme
2nd person mottosi mottonne
3rd person mottonsa

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin muttum (mutter). Compare Catalan and French mot (word).

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Noun[edit]

motto m (plural motti)

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

Descendants[edit]

  • English: motto
  • German: Motto

Further reading[edit]

  • motto in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

motto

  1. Rōmaji transcription of もっと

Maquiritari[edit]

Noun[edit]

motto

  1. worm

References[edit]

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

Nauruan[edit]

Noun[edit]

motto

  1. motto

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

From Italian motto

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a motto

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Italian motto

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a motto

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From Italian motto, from Latin muttum.

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Noun[edit]

motto n

  1. philosophy, motto, watchword, byword
    Synonyms: dewiza, credo
  2. (literature) epigraph (literary quotation placed at the beginning of a text)
    Synonym: epigraf

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Further reading[edit]

  • motto in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • motto in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

motto n

  1. motto

Declension[edit]

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

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