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emblem

[em-bluh m] /ˈɛm bləm/
noun
1.
an object or its representation, symbolizing a quality, state, class of persons, etc.; symbol:
The olive branch is an emblem of peace.
2.
a sign, design, or figure that identifies or represents something:
the emblem of a school.
3.
an allegorical picture, often inscribed with a motto supplemental to the visual image with which it forms a single unit of meaning.
4.
Obsolete. an inlaid or tessellated ornament.
verb (used with object)
5.
to represent with an emblem.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
1. token, sign, figure, image, device, badge.
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British Dictionary definitions for emblemming

emblem

/ˈɛmbləm/
noun
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
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 emblemming

emblem

n.

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).

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