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mote

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auxiliary verb \ˈmōt\

Definition of mote

archaic

  1. :  may, might

Origin and Etymology of mote

Middle English, from Old English mōtan to be allowed to — more at must


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mote

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noun \ˈmōt\

Definition of mote

  1. :  a small particle :  speck motes danced in the shafts of sunlight — Margaret Kennedy

Examples of mote in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of mote

Middle English mot, from Old English; akin to Middle Dutch & Frisian mot sand


First Known Use: before 12th century


MOTE Defined for English Language Learners

mote

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noun

Definition of mote for English Language Learners

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


MOTE Defined for Kids

mote

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noun \ˈmōt\

Definition of mote for Students

  1. :  a small particle :  speck a mote of dust



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