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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An emblem or device with a motto.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device on a shield or seal, or used as a bookplate etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A device on a shield or seal, or used as a bookplate or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A device: an Italian term often used in English, especially of such devices as were peculiarly personal in their character. See device, 7, and impress, n., 2. Also imprese.

Etymologies

Italian, undertaking, impresa; see impresario.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

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