E Pluribus Unum
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E Pluribus Unum(ē plo͝or`ĭbəs yo͞o`nəm) [Lat.,=one made out of many], motto on the Great Seal of the United States and on many U.S. coins. Although selected in 1776 by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson for the Continental Congress, it was not officially adopted as a national motto until six years later.
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e pluribus unum
motto of the U.S.: Latin ’one out of many.’ [Am. Culture: RHD, 481]
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