What does MOTIF mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motif, motivenoun

    a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

  2. motif, motivenoun

    a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music

  3. theme, motifnoun

    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work

    "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"


  1. Motifnoun

    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.

  2. Motifnoun

    (Dressmaking) A decorative appliqu


  1. motifnoun

    A recurring or dominant element; a theme.

    See how the artist repeats the scroll motif throughout the work?

  2. motifnoun

    A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work

  3. motifnoun

    A decorative figure that is repeated in a design

  4. motifnoun

    The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.

  5. Etymology: From French motif (1848), with the meaning of main idea or theme


  1. motif

    A motif is a recurring element or theme in a literary, artistic, or musical work that conveys a specific idea or meaning. It can be a particular symbol, image, word, phrase, or pattern that appears regularly throughout the work, contributing to its overall structure and significance. Motifs often serve to reinforce the central message, emphasize certain emotions or themes, and create cohesion within the piece of art.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Motifnoun


  2. Etymology: [F.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Motif

    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

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MOTIF' in Nouns Frequency: #2608

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MOTIF in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MOTIF in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of MOTIF in a Sentence

  1. Neil Meron:

    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.

  2. Norbert Kaethler:

    The souvenir plays on Marx's criticism of capitalism and of course the 0-euro note fits perfectly with Marx as a motif.

  3. Waitress Giorgia Ponturo:

    This bar dates back to 1947, it used to be a brothel and gay hotspot, then the owner decided to adopt the phallus motif, which was an ancient Greek symbol of sexual potency and fertility, to reaffirm the virility of Sicilian men. It also brings good luck.

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