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EMBLEM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does emblem mean? 

EMBLEM (noun)
  The noun EMBLEM has 2 senses:

1. special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
2. a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

  Familiarity information: EMBLEM used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMBLEM (noun)


Sense 1emblem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("emblem" is a kind of...):

design; figure; pattern (a decorative or artistic work)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "emblem"):

colophon (a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page))

totem pole (a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast)

totem (emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians))

skull and crossbones (emblem warning of danger or death)

heraldry (emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms)

flag (emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design)

device (an emblematic design (especially in heraldry))

Cross (a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry)

crest ((heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet)

colors; colours (a distinguishing emblem)


Sense 2emblem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A visible symbol representing an abstract idea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

allegory; emblem

Hypernyms ("emblem" is a kind of...):

symbol; symbolic representation; symbolisation; symbolization (something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "emblem"):

red flag (the emblem of socialist revolution)

Magen David; Mogen David; Shield of David; Solomon's seal; Star of David (a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles; an emblem symbolizing Judaism)

badge (an emblem (a small piece of plastic or cloth or metal) that signifies your status (rank or membership or affiliation etc.))

Agnus Dei; Paschal Lamb (figure of a lamb; emblematic of Christ)

maple-leaf (the emblem of Canada)

medallion (an emblem indicating that a taxicab is registered)

spread eagle (an emblem (an eagle with wings and legs spread) on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States)

hammer and sickle (the emblem on the flag of the Soviet Union)

ensign; national flag (an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality)

fasces (bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade protruding; in ancient Rome it was a symbol of a magistrate's power; in modern Italy it is a symbol of fascism)

elephant (the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874)

eagle (an emblem representing power)

dove (an emblem of peace)

donkey (the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874)

cupid (a symbol for love in the form of a cherubic naked boy with wings and a bow and arrow)

scarlet letter (the letter A in red; Puritans required adulterers to wear it)

Hakenkreuz; swastika (the official emblem of the Nazi Party and the Third Reich; a cross with the arms bent at right angles in a clockwise direction)


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