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Mot \Mot\ (m[=o]t), v. [Sing. pres. ind. Mot, Mote, Moot (m[=o]t), pl. Mot, Mote, Moote, pres. subj. Mote; imp. Moste.] [See Must, v.] [Obs.] May; must; might.

He moot as well say one word as another

The wordes mote be cousin to the deed.

Men moot [i.e., one only] give silver to the poore freres.

So mote it be, so be it; amen; -- a phrase in some rituals, as that of the Freemasons.


Mot \Mot\ (m[o^]t; m[-o], def. 2), n. [F. See Motto.]

  1. A word; hence, a motto; a device. [Obs.]
    --Bp. Hall.

    Tarquin's eye may read the mot afar.

  2. A pithy or witty saying; a witticism. [A Gallicism]

    Here and there turns up a . . . savage mot.
    --N. Brit. Rev.

  3. A note or brief strain on a bugle.
    --Sir W. Scott.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a witty saying," 1580s, from French mot (12c.) "remark, short speech," literally "word," cognate of Italian motto, from Latin mutum "grunt, murmur" (see mutter). Mot juste (1912) is French, literally "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]


Etymology 1 n. 1 A witty remark; a witticism; a bon mot. 2 (context obsolete English) A word or a motto; a device. 3 (context obsolete English) A note or brief strain on a bugle. Etymology 2

n. (context slang Irish English English) A girl, woman or girlfriend, particularly in the Dublin area.

  1. n. a clever remark [syn: bon mot]

  2. a compulsory annual test of older motor vehicles for safety and exhaust fumes [syn: MOT test, Ministry of Transportation test]

Mot (god)

Mot is an ancient Near Eastern god of death.

MOT (gallery)

MOT International, formerly MOT Gallery, is a contemporary art gallery in east London run by Chris Hammond.

MOT (charity)

MOT is a Norwegian organization formed to combat youth violence and drug use. In Norwegian the word mot is a homonym, meaning both courage and against.

The organization was originally started as Norske toppidrettsutøvere mot Narkotika ( en: Norwegian elite athletes against Narcotics) by Johann Olav Koss, Atle Vårvik and Bjørn Dæhlie in 1994. It sold calendars through schools and youth sport teams. In 1996 it was formed officially and changed its name to MOT. Currently, most of the Norwegian Premier League teams play with the MOT logo on their shirts.


Mot or MOT may refer to:

Mot (TV series)

Mot is a French children's animated television series about a purple monster. Based on the children's comics by Alfonso Azpiri, Mot is from the Monstrous Organicus Telluricus family. The series follows Mot's adventures with his human friend Leo.

Mot has the amazing ability to teleport himself from one universe to another with delicious ease, but not always with great accuracy.

In order to voyage through time and space, Mot simply has to find a door opening onto a tiny space equipped with a movable panel, and he arrives unexpectedly in his friend Leo's room via the wardrobe door. The show ran from 1996 to 1997 and was rebroadcast in the US, France, Spain and Australia throughout the 1990s.

Usage examples of "mot".

Phfas of the Zhusk and Beal mot Tsuvo, I present to you Princess Alexia of Okrannel.

Alexia, Perrine, Crow, Beal mot Tsuvo, and Orla crowded around the table.

Dealing with those details, however, passed from her hands to Beal mot Tsuvo.

Please find Beal mot Tsuvo and inform her of where General Caro and I are going.

Jeranese military leader standing there with Phfas and Beal mot Tsuvo in the dawn light.

Quelle mere de famille eut accepte pour gendre le jeune homme brillant et, passez-moi le mot, bruyant que vous etiez alors?

Anie, repetait-elle son mot favori, celui qui pour elle resumait tout: --Decidement, il est tres convenable.

The congregation of drunks and whores grew silent as the giant mot and the fierce Figgins locked eyes, hers bigger and even more blue than his own.

Anie, au bras de son mari, allait de table en table, son voile ote maintenant, adressant a chacun quelques mots aimables ou un sourire.

Mot Pulk gazed down through the dark on the sleeping Figure of Relkin, then he crouched beside Relkin.

Mot Pulk worked in older genres, and was glad to see life spurting and leaping, while growing in its own direction.

The features on the moons now formed the face of Mot Pulk, as if it had been carved in portions on all three.

Or was there to be a reward for him, and Mot Pulk hoped to collect it?

The moons were descending to the horizon, the features of Mot Pulk scattered on their surfaces.

And a sudden rage blossomed in his heart at the thought of Mot Pulk doing anything to Ferla.