- The definition of an emblem is a badge or symbol, especially a picture with words that are a motto.
An example of an emblem is the Girl Scout symbol.
An emblem of the U.S. Air Force.
emblem definition by Webster's New World
- Historical a picture with a motto or verses, allegorically suggesting some moral truth, etc.
- a visible symbol of a thing, idea, class of people, etc.; object or representation that stands for or suggests something else: the cross is an emblem of Christianity
- a sign, badge, or device
Origin: origin, originally , inlaid work ; from Classical Latin emblema ; from Classical Greek emblēma, insertion ; from emballein ; from en-, in plush ballein, to throw, put: see ball
emblem definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An object or a representation that functions as a symbol. See Synonyms at sign.
- A distinctive badge, design, or device: trucks marked with the company emblem; the emblem of the air force.
- An allegorical picture usually inscribed with a verse or motto presenting a moral lesson.
Origin: Middle English, pictorial fable, from Latin emblēma, raised ornament, from Greek, embossed design, from emballein, to insert, set in : en-, in; see en-2 + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.