An emblem is a design that stands for a group or a concept. If you’re Scottish, your family may have an emblem such as a coat of arms that symbolizes your heritage.

Many countries have national emblems, which often feature an animal or other elements that represent significant parts of the country’s history. A national emblem is often shown on flags or official documents such as passports. An emblem can also be an object that represents an idea. An expensive skyscraper could be an emblem of greed, for example, or the apple tree you planted in your backyard could be an emblem of hope.

Definitions of emblem
  1. noun
    special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
    synonyms: icon
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    a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page)
    colors, colours
    a distinguishing emblem
    (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
    a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
    an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)
    emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
    emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms
    skull and crossbones
    emblem warning of danger or death
    emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
    totem pole
    a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast
    American flag, Old Glory, Star-Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes
    the national flag of the United States of America
    banner, streamer
    long strip of cloth or paper used for decoration or advertising
    battle flag
    a flag that leads troops into battle
    Jolly Roger, black flag, blackjack, pirate flag
    a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
    Calvary cross, cross of Calvary
    a Latin cross set on three steps
    Celtic cross
    a Latin cross with a ring surrounding the intersection
    armorial bearing, bearing, charge, heraldic bearing
    heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
    arms, blazon, blazonry, coat of arms
    the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
    colors, colours
    a flag that shows its nationality
    crucifix, rood, rood-tree
    representation of the cross on which Jesus died
    a small flag used by surveyors or soldiers to mark a position
    Greek cross
    a cross with each of the four arms the same length
    small flag indicating a ship's nationality
    Jerusalem cross
    a cross with equal arms, each terminating in a small crossbar
    Latin cross
    a cross with the lowest arm being longer than the others
    Lorraine cross, cross of Lorraine
    a cross with two crossbars, one above and one below the midpoint of the vertical, the lower longer than the upper
    Maltese cross
    a cross with triangular or arrow-shaped arms and the points toward the center
    papal cross
    a cross with three crossbars
    patriarchal cross
    a cross with two crossbars
    pennant, pennon, streamer, waft
    a long flag; often tapering
    banner, standard
    any distinctive flag
    St. Andrew's cross, saltire
    a cross resembling the letter x, with diagonal bars of equal length
    Confederate flag, Stars and Bars
    the first flag of the Confederate States of America
    St. Anthony's cross, tau cross
    cross resembling the Greek letter tau
    tricolor, tricolour
    a flag having three colored stripes (especially the French flag)
    a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)
    Union Jack, Union flag
    national flag of the United Kingdom
    flag of truce, white flag
    flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to signal surrender or to ask for a truce
    yellow jack
    yellow flag hoist on a ship in quarantine
    ensign, national flag
    an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality
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    design, figure, pattern
    a decorative or artistic work
  2. noun
    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
    synonyms: allegory
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    scarlet letter
    the letter A in red; Puritans required adulterers to wear it
    a symbol for love in the form of a cherubic naked boy with wings and a bow and arrow
    the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
    an emblem of peace
    an emblem representing power
    the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
    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
    ensign, national flag
    an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality
    hammer and sickle
    the emblem on the flag of the Soviet Union
    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
    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
    the emblem of Canada
    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
    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
    merit badge
    a badge award to Boy Scouts in recognition of special projects
    a badge worn to show official position
    I.D., ID
    a card or badge used to identify the bearer
    black belt
    a black sash worn to show expert standards in the martial arts (judo or karate)
    blue ribbon, cordon bleu
    an honor or award gained for excellence
    a round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment
    chevron, grade insignia, stripe, stripes
    V-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service
    a piece of braid, usually on the sleeve, indicating military rank or length of service
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    symbol, symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization
    something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
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