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.

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Origin of motet

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French; see mot, -et
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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
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