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Definition of leitmotif noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    leitmotif

     noun
    (also leitmotiv) noun
    NAmE//ˈlaɪtmoʊˌtif//
     
    (from German)
     
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  1. 1(music) a short tune in a piece of music that is often repeated and is connected with a particular person, thing, or idea
  2. 2an idea or a phrase that is repeated often in a book or work of art, or is typical of a particular person or group
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