- 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 of emblemorigin, originally , inlaid work from Classical Latin emblema from Classical Greek embl?ma, insertion from emballein from en-, in + ballein, to throw, put: see ball