Mo"tif (?), n. [F.]



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Mo`tif" (?), n. [F.]


In literature and the fine arts, a salient feature or element of a composition or work; esp., the theme, or central or dominant feature; specif. (Music), a motive.

This motif, of old things lost, is a favorite one for the serious ballade.
R. M. Alden.

The design . . . is . . . based on the peacock -- a motif favored by decorative artists of all ages.
R. D. Benn.

2. (Dressmaking)

A decorative appliqué design or figure, as of lace or velvet, used in trimming.


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