verbal auxiliary \ˈmōt\

Definition of MOTE

:  may, might

Origin of MOTE

Middle English, from Old English mōtan to be allowed to — more at must
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun \ˈmōt\

: a very small piece of dust, dirt, etc.

Full Definition of MOTE

:  a small particle :  speck

Examples of MOTE

  1. <there's not a mote of dirt in that woman's house>

Origin of MOTE

Middle English mot, from Old English; akin to Middle Dutch & Frisian mot sand
First Known Use: before 12th century


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