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English definition of “motif”

motif

noun [C] uk   /məʊˈtiːf/ us    /moʊ-/

motif noun [C] (PATTERN)

a pattern or design: We chose some curtains with a flower motif.

motif noun [C] (IDEA)

an idea that is used many times in a piece of writing or music: The motif of betrayal is crucial in all these stories.
(Definition of motif from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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