Definition of leitmotif
1 : an associated melodic phrase or figure that accompanies the reappearance of an idea, person, or situation especially in a Wagnerian music drama
2 : a dominant recurring theme
Variants of leitmotif
Origin of leitmotif
German Leitmotiv, from leiten to lead + Motiv motive
First Known Use: circa 1876
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