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[im-prey-zuh] /ɪmˈpreɪ zə/
noun, plural impresas, imprese
[im-prey-zey] /ɪmˈpreɪ zeɪ/ (Show IPA).
a device or emblem.
a motto.
Also, imprese
[im-preez] /ɪmˈpriz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of impresa
1580-90; < Italian: literally, undertaking, noun use of feminine of impreso, past participle of imprendere to undertake; see emprise Unabridged
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  • Every one from the highest rank downwards had his personal devise or impresa, or more often a series of them.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • Her impresa, the crescent of Diana, is conspicuous on his palaces, and he even caused it to be engraved upon his coins.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • She assumed as her impresa the chantepleure, with the sorrowful motto: “Plus ne m'est rien: rien ne m'est plus.”

    Illuminated Manuscripts John W. Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for impresa


an emblem or device, usually a motto, as on a coat of arms
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, literally: undertaking, hence deed of chivalry, motto, from imprendere to undertake; see emprise
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