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mot

[moh] /moʊ/
noun
1.
a pithy or witty remark; bon mot.
2.
Archaic. a note on a horn, bugle, etc.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < French < Late Latin muttum utterance. See motto
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British Dictionary definitions for mots

mot1

/məʊ/
noun
1.
short for bon mot
Word Origin
C16: via French from Vulgar Latin mottum (unattested) utterance, from Latin muttum a mutter, from muttīre to mutter

mot2

/mɒt/
noun
1.
(Dublin, slang) a girl or young woman, esp one's girlfriend
Word Origin
perhaps a variant of mort, obsolete slang for girl or woman, of unknown origin

MOT

abbreviation
1.
(in New Zealand and formerly in Britain) Ministry of Transport (in Britain now part of the DTLR) See DTLR
2.
(in Britain) MOT test: a compulsory annual test for all road vehicles over a certain age, which require a valid MOT certificate
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Word Origin and History for mots

mot

n.

"a witty saying," 1580s, from French mot (12c.) "remark, short speech," literally "word," cognate of Italian motto, from Latin mutum "grunt, murmur" (see mutter). Mot juste (1912) is French, literally "exact word," the precisely appropriate expression in some situation.

The mot juste is an expression which readers would like to buy of writers who use it, as one buys one's neighbour's bantam cock for the sake of hearing its voice no more. [Fowler]

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