Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “motif”

motif

noun [C] (IDEA)    /məʊˈtiːf/ US  /moʊ-/
an idea that is used many times in a piece of writing or music: The motif of betrayal is crucial in all these stories.Technical music termsIdeas, concepts and theories
(Definition of motif noun (IDEA) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of motif

More definitions for “motif”

Definitions of “motif” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More