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motet

[moh-tet] /moʊˈtɛt/
noun, Music.
1.
a vocal composition in polyphonic style, on a Biblical or similar prose text, intended for use in a church service.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see mot, -et
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  • Whiting's unaccompanied motet stretches over thirty-five pages.
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motet

/məʊˈtɛt/
noun
1.
a polyphonic choral composition used as an anthem in the Roman Catholic service
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, diminutive of mot word; see mot1
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Word Origin and History for motet
motet
"choral composition on a sacred text," late 14c., from O.Fr. motet (13c.), dim. of mot "word," from L. mutum "grunt, murmur."
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