Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Motto (Page: 948)
Mot"to (?), n.;
It was the motto of a bishop eminent for his piety and good works, ... Serve God, and be cheerful." Addison.
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MOT''TO, n. Primarily, a word; but more commonly, a sentence or phrase prefixed to an essay or discourse, containing the subject of it, or added to a device.
In heraldry, the motto is carried in a scroll, alluding to the bearing or to the name of the bearer, or expressing some important idea.