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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.;

2. a visible symbol representing an abstract idea;
[syn: emblem, allegory]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Emblem \Em"blem\, n. [F. embl[`e]me, L. emblema, -atis, that which is put in or on, inlaid work, fr. Gr. ? a thing put in or on, fr. ? to throw, lay, put in; ? in + ? to throw. See In, and Parable.] 1. Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in a surface. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. A visible sign of an idea; an object, or the figure of an object, symbolizing and suggesting another object, or an idea, by natural aptness or by association; a figurative representation; a typical designation; a symbol; as, a balance is an emblem of justice; a scepter, the emblem of sovereignty or power; a circle, the emblem of eternity. "His cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A picture accompanied with a motto, a set of verse, or the like, intended as a moral lesson or meditation. [1913 Webster] Note: Writers and artists of the 17th century gave much attention and study to the composition of such emblems, and many collections of them were published. Syn: Sign; symbol; type; device; signal; token. Usage: Sign, Emblem, Symbol, Type. Sign is the generic word comprehending all significant representations. An emblem is a visible object representing another by a natural suggestion of characteristic qualities, or an habitual and recognized association; as, a circle, having no apparent beginning or end, is an emblem of eternity; a particular flag is the emblem of the country or ship which has adopted it for a sign and with which it is habitually associated. Between emblem and symbol the distinction is slight, and often one may be substituted for the other without impropriety. See Symbol. Thus, a circle is either an emblem or a symbol of eternity; a scepter, either an emblem or a symbol of authority; a lamb, either an emblem or a symbol of meekness. "An emblem is always of something simple; a symbol may be of something complex, as of a transaction . . . In consequence we do not speak of actions emblematic." --C. J. Smith. A type is a representative example, or model, exhibiting the qualities common to all individuals of the class to which it belongs; as, the Monitor is a type of a class of war vessels. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Emblem \Em"blem\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Emblemed; p. pr. & vb. n. Embleming.] To represent by an emblem; to symbolize. [R.] [1913 Webster] Emblemed by the cozening fig tree. --Feltham. Emblematic
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

emblem n 1: special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc. 2: a visible symbol representing an abstract idea [syn: emblem, allegory]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

93 Moby Thesaurus words for "emblem": adumbration, allegory, armory, attribute, badge, badge of office, badges, baton, blazonry, brassard, button, cap and gown, case, case in point, chain, chain of office, charactery, cipher, class ring, coat, cockade, collar, conventional symbol, crest, cross, decoration, demonstration, device, dress, eagle, emblems, ensigns, example, exemplar, exemplification, explanation, exponent, fasces, figurehead, fleur-de-lis, hammer and sickle, heraldry, iconology, ideogram, illustration, insignia, instance, lapel pin, livery, logo, logogram, logotype, love knot, mace, mantle, markings, medal, mortarboard, object lesson, old school tie, pictogram, pin, regalia, relevant instance, representation, representative, ring, rose, school ring, seal, shamrock, sigillography, sign, skull and crossbones, sphragistics, staff, swastika, symbol, symbolic system, symbolism, symbolization, symbology, tartan, thistle, tie, token, totem, totem pole, type, typical example, uniform, verge, wand