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Motto appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Otto made Ned a motto.
  • Campus motto: Bottoms up, Mac.
  • Yo! Bottoms up, U.S. Motto, boy!
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MOTTO is a word made from vertically symmetrical letters.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun motto:


Fun fact! English isn't the language of the motto of the British Crown, which is French: "Dieu et mon Droit" ("God and my Right").

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Definition of the noun motto

What does motto mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: mottoes / mottos (less preferred form)

  1. a favorite saying of a sect or political group
    • examples: His motto is "Plain living and high thinking." | You mustn't carelessly believe the maker's motto. | The motto of Twitter is "The best way to discover what’s new in your world". | One for all, and all for one, this is our motto. | I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least". | It's my motto for tonight. | Better suffer than die, it's humans' motto. | My motto is: Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. | On this day in 1887 appeared in Warsaw a booklet of Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof about the "International Language". Its size was modest, its motto ambitious: "For a language to be an international one, is not enough to call it as such." The name of the author was given as "Dr. Esperanto". | "There's more than one way to do it" is a motto common among users of the programming language perl.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of motto: catchword / shibboleth / slogan
    • more generic words: expression / locution / saying = a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
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  1. "Motto" a.k.a. "mottö" is a musical single of Judy and Mary.
  2. "Motto" a.k.a. "Motto..." is a single released by Japanese pop and R&B singer-songwriter Kana Nishino. It was released on October 21, 2009 by her record label SME Records. The title track was used as a commercial song for Recochoku and the Nippon Television drama Tantei M's theme song.
    • also known as 愛得更多…
  3. "Motto" is the second single of the subgroup Tanpopo. It was released on March 10, 1999, as a 8 cm CD and reached number seven on the Japan Oricon charts. A remix version of this song was made and was featured on the group's first album, Tanpopo 1.
  4. "Motto" a.k.a. "Motto..." is a 2009 single album by Kana Nishino.
  5. "Motto" is a musical single of Tanpopo.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  6. "Motto" is a musical album of Sky Larkin.
    • released on
  7. "Motto" is a musical single of Sky Larkin.
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Motto: A motto is a phrase meant to formally summarize the general motivation or intention of a social group or organization. A motto may be in any language, but Latin is the most used in the Western world. The local language is usual in the mottoes of governments. In informal ways, it can be a rule or slogan someone follows, or lives their life by.

  • also known as 座右銘, Devizas

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Google previewUniquely Missouri (2004)

by Lisa Owens

The Roman numeral MDCCCXX on the state seal stands for the year 1820, when Missouri wrote its state constitution Missouri State Motto A motto is a saying that means.

Google previewIllinois Facts and Symbols (2003)

by Emily McAuliffe

A motto is a word or saying. Sovereignty means independence. The state motto means that Illinois is an independent state. But it is also proud to be part of the nation. Illinois adopted this state seal in 1868. State Capitol and Flag Springfield is ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Heraldica Or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry (1828)

by William Berry

Motto, Nec timide nec temere. Supporters, two bears sa. Motto, below, Adveris major par secundis. Forbes, of Cragievar, 1630. Arms, az. a cross, pattee, fitch£e, betw. three bears' heads, couped, ar. muzzled sa. Crest, a cock ppr. Motto, Watch .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Kansas (2000)

by Nancy Capace

motto, upper half, azure; grass, green; river, light blue; boat, white; house, dark brown; ground, brown; wagons, white; near horse, white; off horse, bay; buffalo, dark, almost black; motto, white; scroll, light brown. Kansas also has a State banner ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Quotations .. 9th Ed., Rev. and Corr (1826)

by David Evans Macdonnel

”—Motto of the Ir. W. CulleN. Virtus laudatur et alget. Juven AL. — “Virtue is praised and freezes.”—Every virtuous effort is viewed with cold admiration, and met only with sullen neglect. Wirtus mille scuta.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Military Science (1844)

Containing an Explanation of the Principal Terms Used in Mathematics, Artillery, and Fortification; and Comprising the Substance of the Latest Regulations on Courts Martial, Pay, Pensions, Allowances, Etc. ; a Comparative Table of Ancient and Modern Geography ; Achievements of the British Army ; with an Address to Gentlemen Entering the Army by E. S. Norman Campbell

Motto, Magnamimi pretium. K.F.M. Knight of the Order of Ferdinand and Merit of Naples. Instituted 1800. Motto, Pro fide et merito. K.F. Knight of Ferdinand of Spain. K.G.F. Knight of the Golden Fleece of Spain and Austria. Instituted by Philip the ...

Google previewWisconsin Encyclopedia (2008)

by Jennifer Herman

STATE MOTTO The motto of the state of Wisconsin is “Forward., The ” It was adopted when the seal and coat of arms were revised in 1851. Edward Ryan and John H. Lathrop designed the seal. The motto was a compromise between the two ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Arkansas (1998)

by Nancy Capace

STATE MOTTO The official State motto of Arkansas is Regnat Populus, or "The People Rule." Arkansas's motto was originally Regnat Populi, but the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas, on May 23, 1907, passed a resolution changing ...

Google previewThe Treasury of Knowledge, and Library of Reference ...: The new universal gazetteer; or, Geographical dictionary ... By Edwin Williams ... 4th ed (1833)

Motto of the earl of Belmore. Virtus sine ratione constare non potest. PLINY.—“ Without rationality, virtue cannot subsist.” Virtus sola nobilitat. (Lat.)—“Wirtue alone ennobles.” Motto of Lord Walscourt. Virtus sub cruce crescit, ad acthera tendens.

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Small photo of Hand lettering - A motto about life, drawn by hand, in pink and red decoration elementsSmall photo of Beautiful summer landscape with Monte Motto and Lake Livigno, ItalySmall photo of Beautiful summer landscape with Monte Motto and Lake Livigno, ItalySmall photo of Beautiful summer landscape with Monte Motto and Lake Livigno, ItalySmall photo of Beautiful summer landscape with Monte Motto near Lake Livigno, ItalySmall photo of The Campbell arms and motto “Be Mindful,” at the entrance to Cawdor Castle (c. 1380) in the Highlands of Scotland.Small photo of Pripyat, Kyiv region / Ukraine - April 28 2008: communist and socialist lopsided artifact on the main square of the abandoned town. Red and brown colours, featuring woman hero and motto on war victory More...

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Quotes about Motto

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more. (Charles Lamb)
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Scrabble value of M3O1T1T1O1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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