n. pl. mot·toesor mot·tos
A brief statement used to express a principle, goal, or ideal: “We explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don't stoop to their level—no, our motto is ‘when they go low, we go high'” (Michelle Obama).
[Italian, word, motto, probably from Vulgar Latin *mōttum, word; see MOT.]
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