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[em-bluh m] /ˈɛm bləm/
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.
Origin of emblem
late Middle English
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emblem
  • 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.
  • The emblem on the side of the plane gives a clue what the intended target might be, overhead.
  • She is an emblem of confessional painting at a time when nothing is intimate anymore.
  • Their campaign emblem is an inflatable white elephant.
  • Get the name out there, get the emblem in people's heads.
  • It is an emblem of material success, and meanwhile sound financial investment.
  • The emblem of yesterday's architectural heroism has become an icon for the insecurities of today's urban planners.
British Dictionary definitions for emblem


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
an allegorical picture containing a moral lesson, often with an explanatory motto or verses, esp one printed in an emblem book
Derived Forms
emblematic, emblematical, adjective
emblematically, adverb
Word Origin
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 and History for emblem

1580s, from French emblème "symbol" (16c.), from Latin emblema "inlaid ornamental work," from Greek emblema (genitive emblematos) "embossed ornament," literally "insertion," from emballein "to insert," literally "to throw in," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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