Definition of motto noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

motto

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈmɒtəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːtoʊ//
 
(pl. mottoes, mottos)
 
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a short sentence or phrase that expresses the aims and beliefs of a person, a group, an institution, etc. and is used as a rule of behaviour The school's motto is: ‘Duty, Honour, Country’. ‘Live and let live.’ That's my motto. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Italian, ‘word’.Extra examples Let’s use that as our motto. Surfers have a motto—‘Life’s a beach and then you die’. a good motto for gardeners ‘Live and let live.’ That’s my motto. The school’s motto is: ‘Duty, Honour, Country’.
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