Definition of motet in English:


Syllabification: mo·tet
Pronunciation: /mōˈtet


  • A short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic and unaccompanied.
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    • Two short sacred motets (one a solo and the other a duet) by this same composer fill out the program.
    • Brahms finished off his sacred choral music with the Op. 110 motets, another trilogy.
    • The Kendal South programme, directed by Hugh Davies, features Mozart's much loved Requiem, Bruckner motets and an orchestral work, Mozart's Violin Concerto no 3 in G.


late Middle English: from Old French, diminutive of mot 'word'.

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