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E Pluribus Unum

Definition of E Pluribus Unum

Latin phrase that is translated into Spanish as “out of many, one” or “of many, one”. In other words it designates unity in plurality and can be applied to different contexts.

United States

One of the most important mottos of this nation and that was adopted from Latin as a symbol and representation of the 13 English colonies that came together to form a single independent country. The above is equivalent to the 13 morphemes that the phrase has.


The Latin phrase e pluribus unum has been adopted in many languages ​​as a synonym for unity in plurality. It is thought that it was created by Virgilio, however, the poem in which its oldest record is found has no clear authorship.

It literally means “of many, one” and was adopted in the United States as one of the first slogans in its history as an independent country. In this nation, its first use is recorded in the year 1776 in the middle of the war of independence. Later, it was replaced as the official motto by the current In God we Trust or “In God we trust”.


Although E Pluribus Unum is not the current official motto of the United States, it is still present in the different currencies that are produced in the country.

The “Sport Lisboa e Benfica” football team has had this phrase as part of its official shield since 1908. Normally, this team is known as simply “Benfica”. 

The poem in which the first record of this phrase is found is called “Moretum” which is actually a recipe and refers to making all the ingredients a single food.