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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 ?
Two works are published here for the first time: Twelve Rounds (1927) and Motetto on Words from the Book of job (1930); after all, these were written when the composer was but seventeen and twenty years old, respectively.
Quest'accademia di Musica h fatto pi volte cantare ii suo Divino motetto, avendone avuta la direzione il nostro s(igno)r Bononcino, che le f i suoi um(ilissi)mi complimenti.
See also Bach's autograph score (1716) of the motetto Auf Gott hoffe ich by J.