an object or its representation, symbolizing a quality, state, class of persons, etc.; symbol: The olive branch is an emblem of peace.
a sign, design, or figure that identifies or represents something: the emblem of a school.
an allegorical picture, often inscribed with a motto supplemental to the visual image with which it forms a single unit of meaning.
Obsolete. an inlaid or tessellated ornament.
verb (used with object)
to represent with an emblem.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin emblēma inlaid or mosaic work < Greek émblēma something put on, equivalent to em- em-2 + blêma something thrown or put; compare embállein to throw in or on

1. token, sign, figure, image, device, badge.
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emblem (ˈɛmbləm)
1.  a visible object or representation that symbolizes a quality, type, group, etc, esp the concrete symbol of an abstract idea: the dove is an emblem of peace
2.  an allegorical picture containing a moral lesson, often with an explanatory motto or verses, esp one printed in an emblem book
[C15: from Latin emblēma raised decoration, mosaic, from Greek, literally: something inserted, from emballein to insert, from ballein to throw]

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Word Origin & History

c.1430, from Fr. embleme "symbol," from L. emblema "inlaid ornamental work," from Gk. emblema (gen. emblematos) "embossed ornament," lit. "insertion," from emballein "to insert," lit. "to throw in," from em- "in" + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).
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Example sentences
Do not change the colors of either emblem or use screens or tints of any color in any part of the logo.
Royal purple was continued as the color of the order and the forget me not was
  adopted as the floral emblem.
Sea turtles have become the emblem of the whole town.
There is no better emblem of the double-edged pleasure of seasonality than a
  backyard fig tree.
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