motet definition by Webster's New World
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Music a contrapuntal, polyphonic song of a sacred nature, generally unaccompanied
Origin: Old French diminutive of mot, a word: see mot
motet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A polyphonic composition based on a sacred text and usually sung without accompaniment.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of mot, word; see mot.