Etymology
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motet (n.)

"choral composition on a sacred text, intended to be sung in a Church service," late 14c., from Old French motet (13c.), diminutive of mot "word" (see mot), or from Medieval Latin motetum, diminutive of motto.

updated on February 27, 2019

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Definitions of motet from WordNet

motet (n.)
an unaccompanied choral composition with sacred lyrics; intended to be sung as part of a church service; originated in the 13th century;
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