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mote

auxiliary verb \ ˈmōt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of mote

archaic
: may, might

Origin and Etymology of mote

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


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mote

noun \ ˈmōt \

Definition of mote

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of mote

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


MOTE Defined for English Language Learners

mote

noun

Definition of mote for English Language Learners

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


MOTE Defined for Kids

mote

noun \ ˈmōt \

Definition of mote for Students

: a small particle : speck
  • a mote of dust


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