Emblem meaning

ĕm'bləm
An object or representation that functions as a symbol.
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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.

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A distinctive badge, design, or device.

Trucks marked with the company emblem; the emblem of the air force.

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An allegorical picture usually inscribed with a verse or motto presenting a moral lesson.
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A picture with a motto or verses, allegorically suggesting some moral truth, etc.
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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.

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To emblematize.
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The trucks were emblazoned with the emblem of the Red Cross and were not supposed to be targeted.

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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.

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Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in a surface.

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A picture accompanied with a motto, a set of verses, etc. intended as a moral lesson or meditation.
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A sign, badge, or device.
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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