a pithy or witty remark; bon mot.
Archaic. a note on a horn, bugle, etc.

1625–35; < French < Late Latin muttum utterance. See motto Unabridged
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mot1 (məʊ)
short for bon mot
[C16: via French from Vulgar Latin mottum (unattested) utterance, from Latin muttum a mutter, from muttīre to mutter]

mot2 (mɒt)
slang (Dublin) a girl or young woman, esp one's girlfriend
[perhaps a variant of mort, obsolete slang for girl or woman, of unknown origin]

abbreviation for
1.  See DTLR (in New Zealand and formerly in Britain) Ministry of Transport (in Britain now part of the 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 & History

"a witty saying," 1586, from Fr. mot (12c.) lit. "word," cognate of It. motto. Mot juste (1912) is from Fr., lit. "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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