Definitions for motifmoʊˈtif
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., esp. in a literary, artistic, or musical work.
a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design.
Origin of motif:
1840–50; < F; see motive
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"
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
Translations for motif
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a repeated decoration or design on material etc
The dress is nice but I don't like the pattern.
- نَقْش، رَسْمArabic
- padrãoPortuguese (BR)
- das MusterGerman
- uzorak, krojCroatian
- disegno, motivoItalian
- 형식 무늬Korean
- raksts, ornamentsLatvian
- рисунок, узорRussian
- desen, motifTurkish
- 式樣Chinese (Trad.)
- малюнок, візерунокUkrainian
- نقش، بيل بوٹےUrdu
- hoa vănVietnamese
- 式样Chinese (Simp.)
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