What does motif mean?

Definitions for motif
moʊˈtifmo·tif

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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"

GCIDE

  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.

    Etymology: [F.]

  2. Motifnoun

    (Dressmaking) A decorative appliqu

    Etymology: [F.]

Wiktionary

  1. motifnoun

    A recurring or dominant element; a theme.

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

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

  2. motifnoun

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

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

  3. motifnoun

    A decorative figure that is repeated in a design

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

  4. motifnoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Motifnoun

    motive

    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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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.

Images & Illustrations of motif

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