\ ˈmät How to pronounce motte (audio) \

Definition of motte

: mound, hill especially : a hill serving as a site for a Norman castle in Britain

Examples of motte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, the motte: The acutely suicidal, the delusional, the manic-depressives, and other students with serious mental illnesses should be allowed to miss school to attend to symptoms that arise from their relative conditions. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Against Oregon Public Schools’ ‘Mental-Health Days’," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of motte

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motte

French, from Old French mote, motte

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The first known use of motte was in 1884

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“Motte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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