motet

[ moh-tet ]
/ moʊˈtɛt /

noun Music.

a vocal composition in polyphonic style, on a Biblical or similar prose text, intended for use in a church service.

Origin of motet

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see mot, -et
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for motet

British Dictionary definitions for motet

motet

/ (məʊˈtɛt) /

noun

a polyphonic choral composition used as an anthem in the Roman Catholic service

Word Origin for motet

C14: from Old French, diminutive of mot word; see mot 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012