Main definitions of mot in English

: mot1mot2

mot1

noun

  • short for bon mot
    • ‘But those mots are just the icing on what is essentially a very rich, very filling, very addictive, gooey chocolate cake of a thriller.’
    • ‘And, notwithstanding Santayana's too-often repeated mot about forgetfulness and history repeating, it is sometimes possible to see in such repetition not error or futility but constancy.’
    • ‘Indeed, the oft-repeated mot that ‘Israel has more curators than artists’ points to a serious quandary.’
    • ‘The prose is of a rare stateliness and intelligence, studded with clever, sometimes almost epigrammatic mots.’
    • ‘One of his mots appears on several quotation sites: ‘Some of the waiters discuss the menu with you as if they were sharing wisdom picked up in the Himalayas.’’

Pronunciation

mot

/mō/

Main definitions of mot in English

: mot1mot2

mot2

noun

Irish
informal
  • A girl or young woman, especially a man's girlfriend.

    ‘Chrissie, Frank's mot, started flinging things down at them from the bedroom window’
    • ‘So… anyway, Patrick… are you bringing the mot to the pub tonight?’
    • ‘All the fellows and their mots would go down behind the Guinness plant for a kiss and a cuddle, and we would hide further down the back.’
    • ‘We were six in all, including my elder brother; the thin brother; his new mot; my aunt and cousin.’
    girlfriend, girl, sweetheart, partner, significant other, inamorata, fiancée
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Origin

Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

mot

/mät//mɑt/