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Definition of motif noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    motif

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//moʊˈtif//
     
     
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  1. 1a design or a pattern used as a decoration wallpaper with a flower motif
  2. 2(also motive) a subject, an idea, or a phrase that is repeated and developed in a work of literature or a piece of music synonym theme see also leitmotif
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: motif