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MOTIF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does motif mean? 

MOTIF (noun)
  The noun MOTIF has 3 senses:

1. a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors
2. a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
3. a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

  Familiarity information: MOTIF used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MOTIF (noun)


Sense 1motif [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A design that consists of recurring shapes or colors

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("motif" is a kind of...):

design; figure; pattern (a decorative or artistic work)


Sense 2motif [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

motif; motive

Hypernyms ("motif" is a kind of...):

idea; melodic theme; musical theme; theme ((music) melodic subject of a musical composition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "motif"):

obbligato; obligato (a persistent but subordinate motif)


Sense 3motif [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

theme; motif

Context example:

it was the usual 'boy gets girl' theme

Hypernyms ("motif" is a kind of...):

idea; thought (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "motif"):

topos (a traditional theme or motif or literary convention)


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