Motif

Definition of Motif

Mo´tif
n.1.Motive.
2.(Music) In literature and the fine arts, a salient feature or element of a composition or work; esp., the theme, or central or dominant feature;
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.
3.(Dressmaking) A decorative appliqué design or figure, as of lace or velvet, used in trimming; also, a repeated design.

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