Meaning of “leitmotiv” in the English Dictionary

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"leitmotiv" in British English

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leitmotivnoun [ C ]

also leitmotif uk /ˈlaɪt.məʊ.tiːf/ us /ˈlaɪt.moʊ.t̬iːf/ specialized

a phrase or other feature that is repeated often in a work of art, literature, or music and that tells you something important about it:

Death and renewal are leitmotivs running through the whole novel.

(Definition of “leitmotiv” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)