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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.
Translations of “motif”
in Chinese (Traditional) 圖案, 圖案,式樣…
in Russian орнамент, узор…
in Turkish desen, motif…
in Chinese (Simplified) 图案, 图案,式样…
in Polish motyw, wzór…
(Definition of motif from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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