Emblem Definition

ĕmbləm
emblems
noun
emblems
A sign, badge, or device.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
A picture with a motto or verses, allegorically suggesting some moral truth, etc.
Webster's New World

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.
Wiktionary
Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in a surface.
Wiktionary
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verb
To emblematize.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Emblem

Noun

Singular:
emblem
Plural:
emblems

Origin of Emblem

  • Middle English pictorial fable from Latin emblēma raised ornament from Greek embossed design from emballein to insert, set in en- in en–2 ballein to throw gwelə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French embleme, from Latin emblema (“raised ornaments on vessels, tessellated work, mosaic”), from Ancient Greek ἔμβλημα (emblema, “an insertion”), from ἔμβάλλειν (emballein, “to put in, to lay on”).

    From Wiktionary

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