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A '''motto''' (from [[Italian language|Italian]]) is a [[phrase]] or a short list of [[word]]s meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. Many countries, cities, universities, and other institutions have mottos, as do families with coats of arms. A '''motto''' (from [[Italian language|Italian]]) is a [[phrase]] or a short list of [[word]]s meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. Many countries, cities, universities, and other institutions have mottos, as do families with coats of arms.
- +==See also==
-A motto may be in any language. [[Latin]] and to a lesser degree [[French language|French]] are disproportionately frequent, because each was the principal [[international language]] for a considerable period. The local language is usual in the mottos of [[government]]s.+* [[Epigram]]
- +* [[Hendiatris]]
-[[Fraternities and sororities]] typically have their (usually secret) mottos in the [[Greek language]]. That of the [[Counties of England|County]] of [[Somerset]] is in [[Old English language|Anglo-Saxon]].+* [[Inscription]]
- +* [[List of Latin phrases]]
-A [[canting arms|canting]] motto is one that contains [[word play]]. For example, the motto of the [[Earl of Onslow]] is ''Festina lente'', punningly interpreting ''on-slow'' (literally "make haste slowly").+* [[List of mottos]]
- +* [[Slogan]]
-In [[heraldry]], a motto is often depicted in an achievement of arms, typically on a scroll below the shield, or else above the crest as in Scots heraldry. +* [[Tagline]]
- +* [[Motto of the European Union|United in diversity]]
-Ships and submarines in the [[Royal Navy]] each have a [[Crest (heraldry)|crest]] and motto, as do units of the [[Royal Air Force]]. +* [[United we stand, divided we fall]]
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A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. Many countries, cities, universities, and other institutions have mottos, as do families with coats of arms.

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