Definition of emblem in English:



  • 1A heraldic device or symbolic object as a distinctive badge of a nation, organization, or family:

    ‘America's national emblem, the bald eagle’
    • ‘On the wings of the building are heraldic emblems of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's team insisted yesterday it would not recognise the White Rose as a national emblem.’
    • ‘As a result, for the past few months, the various teams have been researching, designing and working on sporting kits, national emblems, costumes and flags.’
    • ‘However, they took care to remove the national emblem from the cover before putting the report to the torch.’
    • ‘Again, a very rare popular woodcut dates from after the Spanish Armada of 1588 when images of the Queen were used as emblems to rally national pride.’
    • ‘It reflects much of Canterbury's early history being decorated outside and inside with the heraldic emblems of early settlers, governors and supporters of the Summit Road Scheme.’
    • ‘Although there are exceptions, most Chinese ceramics can be categorized by reign marks, seal marks and emblems.’
    • ‘Red caps, badges, distinct ties and other emblems confer authority on to officially endorsed senior pupils.’
    • ‘These liveries came to be distinguished by heraldic insignia and emblems.’
    • ‘But they also derived some very arcane and bizarre mnemonic devices with emblems or symbols that were meant to represent aspects of the Catholic faith.’
    • ‘Edwin Redslob, when he was appointed artistic secretary of the Weimar Republic, chose modern artists to design the national emblems and coats of arms that were meant to give the new republic a fresh face.’
    • ‘In her world national colors and emblems were very important and she figured that the same would hold true.’
    • ‘The new passports look like the old ones, complete with green covers bearing the national emblem.’
    • ‘A coat of arms is usually defined as a design on a shield used as an emblem by a family, city, or institution.’
    • ‘The tombstones are those of prominent men and their families and have family emblems on them.’
    • ‘Our national emblem should be not the Lion Rampant but the mole.’
    • ‘Two African leopards adorn the national emblem, a five-pointed white star on a light blue shield with a gold border.’
    • ‘In addition, there was his deep understanding of imagery, traditional emblems, heraldry and associations with the paintings of the period of the work being examined.’
    • ‘The ancient emblem for the nation was a lion holding a scimitar against a rising sun.’
    • ‘What is this little plant and where has it come from - our national emblem throughout the world?’
    symbol, representation, token, image, figure, mark, sign
    crest, badge, device, insignia, stamp, seal, design, heraldic device, coat of arms, shield
    logo, trademark
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    1. 1.1emblem of A thing serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept:
      ‘our child would be a dazzling emblem of our love’
      • ‘His body is an angular, jutting emblem of a body uncomfortable everywhere.’
      • ‘Eddie's mother, once a sweet, dotty emblem of elder abuse, has become oddly sinister.’
      • ‘In one shot he planted a chainsaw blade in a pot of soil to create a quietly horrific emblem of evil in bloom.’
      • ‘The Big Board has become the most visible emblem of Wall Street's global role.’
      • ‘It's that evil emblem of capitalism the socialists so bravely battled.’
      • ‘Club captain, best player, talisman, emblem, symbol of hope, the burden he carries has weight as well as heft.’
      • ‘He is struck by the fact that this great emblem of romantic love is one, not of intimacy, but rather of separation.’
      • ‘Around his neck hangs an emblem of Hanuman the monkey god, emblem of strength, inherited from his father.’
      • ‘There is no better emblem of the double-edged pleasure of seasonality than a backyard fig tree.’
      • ‘He gave it to her so he'd always be with her as an emblem of their love.’
      • ‘Our symbol of freedom becomes an emblem of our slavery to an insane idea.’
      • ‘Australian doctors were among the first to shed this emblem of the profession.’
      token, sign, representation, figure, image, type
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Late 16th century (as a verb): from Latin emblema inlaid work, raised ornament, from Greek emblēma insertion, from emballein throw in, insert, from em- in + ballein to throw.