a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work
"it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
In literature and the fine arts, a salient feature or element of a composition or work; esp., the theme, or central or dominant feature; specif. (Music), a motive. See also leitmotif.
(Dressmaking) A decorative appliqu
A recurring or dominant element; a theme.
See how the artist repeats the scroll motif throughout the work?
A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work
A decorative figure that is repeated in a design
The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.
Origin: From French motif (1848), with the meaning of main idea or theme
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mō-tēf′, n. an old form of motive: a theme or ground for intellectual action, or a leading subject in a dramatic work: in a musical composition the principal subject on which the movement is constructed. [Fr.,—L. motus, moved.]
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'motif' in Nouns Frequency: #2608
The numerical value of motif in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of motif in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It really is celebratory about movies and yet it's kind of cheeky in a way, but yet it has a beautiful musical motif which... we integrate throughout the show as kind of a call-back theme.
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