Mottoes
Motto Mot"to, n.; pl. {Mottoes}. [It. motto a word, a saying, L. muttum a mutter, a grunt, cf. muttire, mutire, to mutter, mumble; prob. of imitative origin. Cf. {Mot} a word.] 1. (Her.) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment. [1913 Webster]

2. A sentence, phrase, or word, prefixed to an essay, discourse, chapter, canto, or the like, suggestive of its subject matter; a short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle; a maxim. [1913 Webster]

It was the motto of a bishop eminent for his piety and good works, . . . ``Serve God, and be cheerful.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]


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