Motet meaning

mō-tĕt
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(music) A contrapuntal, polyphonic song, typically of a sacred nature and generally unaccompanied.
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A polyphonic composition based on a sacred text and usually sung without accompaniment.
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A composition adapted to sacred words in the elaborate polyphonic church style; an anthem.
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Origin of motet

  • Middle English from Old French diminutive of mot word mot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French motet

    From Wiktionary