Definition of motto in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒtəʊ

noun (plural mottoes or mottos)

  • 2 Music A phrase which recurs throughout a musical work and has some symbolical significance: they were developing the use of leitmotifs or mottoes that appear throughout an opera
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    • Elgar rarely states the motto in full, and yet its presence haunts the entire work.


late 16th century: from Italian, 'word'.

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