Meaning of MOTTO in English

ˈmäd.(ˌ)ō, -ä(ˌ)tō noun

( plural mottoes also mottos )

Etymology: Italian, from Latin muttum grunt, mumble, from muttire to mutter, mumble — more at mute

1. : a sentence, phrase, or word accompanying a heraldic achievement

two bends with the owner's word, reason, or motto — W.H.St.John Hope


a. : a sentence, phrase, or word inscribed on something as appropriate to or indicative of its character or use

“Cry Aloud and Spare Not”, the belligerent motto of the paper — American Guide Series: Tennessee

b. : a short suggestive expression of a guiding principle : maxim

the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared”

c. : a short usually quoted passage prefixed to a literary work (as a novel, essay, or poem) or to one of its divisions (as a chapter or canto) and intended to suggest the subject matter that follows


(1) or motto kiss : a piece of candy in a paper wrapper inscribed with or enclosing a saying or verse

(2) : a party novelty consisting of a fancy wrapper containing usually a paper printed with a sentimental or humorous verse, a paper hat, and a small toy or charm — compare cracker 2c, favor 4b

3. also motto theme : a recurring phrase or musical figure possibly varied and usually alluding to a specific idea

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.