G7 U1 – Motif

What is a ‘motif’

noun: motif; plural noun: motifs
  1. a decorative design or pattern.
    “T-shirts featuring spiral motifs”
    synonyms: designpatterndecorationfigureshapedeviceemblemornament

    “a colorful tulip motif”
    • a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.
      “the nautical motif of his latest novel”
      synonyms: themeideaconceptsubjecttopicleitmotifelement;

      through line
      “a recurring motif in her work”
    • MUSIC
      a short succession of notes producing a single impression; a brief melodic or rhythmic formula out of which longer passages are developed.
      “the motif in the second violin is submerged by the first violin’s countermelody”
      synonyms: themeideaconceptsubjecttopicleitmotifelement;

      through line
      “a recurring motif in her work”