Definition of 'motif'
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Products are contemporary and truly covetable, and motifs and themes are often poignant. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Check the direction of the grain and any pattern repeats and motifs. Collins Complete Books of Soft Furnishings (1993)Check that any pattern or motifs are printed straight across the fabric. Collins Complete Books of Soft Furnishings (1993)The card also includes a rose motif. The Sun (2006)Raging carnal appetite was certainly a recurring motif on Wednesday. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Its recurring motif is hair. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Mosaic is a pattern of geometric motifs in soft hues, pictured in Coral. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The single dominant motif in the course of new Labour was that it was not old Labour. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There are many such recurring motifs, simply, objectively introduced but gaining significance each time they reappear. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Fragments of personal history are swapped back and forth, each time with variations, like a recurring musical motif. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Let's just say images of blood dripping on a snare drum is one of the film's most recurring motifs. Christianity Today (2000)The idea of happiness forms the overriding motif in the collection, raised in each story, sometimes with a slightly coercive nudge. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)
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Translations for 'motif'
British English: motif NOUN
A motif is a design which is used as a decoration or as part of an artistic pattern.
...a rose motif.
Definition of motif from the Collins English Dictionary
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