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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Motto  \Mot"to\,  n.;  pl  {Mottoes}.  [It.  motto  a  word  a  saying, 
  L.  muttum  a  mutter,  a  grunt,  cf  muttire  mutire,  to  mutter, 
  mumble;  prob.  of  imitative  origin.  Cf  {Mot}  a  word.] 
  1.  (Her.)  A  sentence,  phrase,  or  word  forming  part  of  an 
  heraldic  achievment. 
  2.  A  sentence,  phrase,  or  word  prefixed  to  an  essay, 
  discourse,  chapter,  canto,  or  the  like  suggestive  of  its 
  subject  matter;  a  short,  suggestive  expression  of  a 
  guiding  principle;  a  maxim. 
  It  was  the  motto  of  a  bishop  eminent  for  his  piety 
  and  good  works  .  .  .  ``Serve  God,  and  be 
  cheerful.''  --Addison. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  favorite  saying  of  a  sect  or  political  group  [syn:  {slogan}, 
  {catchword},  {shibboleth}] 

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