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mo·tet

 (mō-tĕt′)
n.
A polyphonic composition based on a sacred text and usually sung without accompaniment.

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of mot, word; see mot.]

motet

(məʊˈtɛt)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) a polyphonic choral composition used as an anthem in the Roman Catholic service
[C14: from Old French, diminutive of mot word; see mot1]

mo•tet

(moʊˈtɛt)

n.
an unaccompanied, polyphonic choral composition usu. on a sacred text.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see mot, -et]

motet

A piece of polyphonic sacred music for unaccompanied voices.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motet - an unaccompanied choral composition with sacred lyrics; intended to be sung as part of a church service; originated in the 13th century
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
Translations
motett

motet

[məʊˈtet] Nmotete m

motet

nMotette f
References in periodicals archive ?
We can deduce that the complex structured French isorhythmic motet was also performed in Bohemia from records relating to the university and also from a three-voice isorhythmic motet of Czech origin, Ave coronata--Alma parens.
After an elaborate process of classification, in which she traces the different subgenres and hybrids, Cumming concludes that the Continent adopted the English style cantilena style motets, "All three of these English genres -- isorhythmic motet, three-voice tenor motet, and cyclic Mass -- would go on to contribute essential features of structure, form and style to the four-voice tenor motet of the second half of the fifteenth century" (227).
What results is an almost bewildering proliferation of classifications: French isorhythmic motet, Italian motet, English cantilena, Continental cantilena, retrospective double-discantus motet, devotional double-discantus motet, cut-circle motet, and declamation motet, to name only some.