em·blem / ˈembləm/ • n. a heraldic device or symbolic object as a distinctive badge of a nation, organization, or family: America's national emblem, the bald eagle. ∎ a thing serving as a symbolic representation of a particular quality or concept: our child would be a dazzling emblem of our love.DERIVATIVES: em·blem·at·ic / ˌembləˈmatik/ adj.em·blem·at·i·cal adj.
emblem book a book of a kind popular in medieval and Renaissance Europe, containing drawings accompanied by allegorical interpretations.
1. Picture, sign, or device expressing a moral allegory.
2. Picture of an object serving as a symbolic representation of an abstraction.
3. Device used as a badge of a person, family, Saint, etc. C16 and C17 emblems were often connected with hidden meanings, and books of emblematic designs were important sources of architectural decoration.