noun (plural pronounced same or /məʊz/)
Short for bon mot.
- One of his mots appears on several quotation sites: ‘Some of the waiters discuss the menu with you as if they were sharing wisdom picked up in the Himalayas.’
- But those mots are just the icing on what is essentially a very rich, very filling, very addictive, gooey chocolate cake of a thriller.
- The prose is of a rare stateliness and intelligence, studded with clever, sometimes almost epigrammatic mots.
A girl or young woman, especially a man’s girlfriend: Chrissie, Frank’s mot, started flinging things down at them from the bedroom window
More example sentences
- So… anyway, Patrick… are you bringing the mot to the pub tonight?
- All the fellows and their mots would go down behind the Guinness plant for a kiss and a cuddle, and we would hide further down the back.
- We were six in all, including my elder brother; the thin brother; his new mot; my aunt and cousin.
mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
1 (also MOT test) (In the UK) a compulsory annual test for safety and exhaust emissions of motor vehicles of more than a specified age.
- Interestingly, the press spec sheet makes no mention of springs, and if you tried the standard MOT test of pushing down on the corners you might wonder if any were actually fitted because the car just doesn't budge.
- Today was the annual MOT test for the little blue Ford.
- On top of the normal MOT test, private hire cars must have a further test to gain a council licence.
1.1 (also MOT certificate) A document certifying that a vehicle has passed the MOT test.
- From next month police will be able to crosscheck automatically a number plate with a list of vehicles without a valid MOT certificate.
- In addition, remember to have handy in the glove box your driving licence, GB sticker, and the vehicle's registration document and MOT certificate.
- Don't forget to obtain the MOT certificate and service documents as these can help you verify if the mileage is accurate.
abbreviation of Ministry of Transport, which introduced the original test.