- leitmotif (n.)
- 1876, "a musical figure to which some definite meaning is attached," from German Leitmotiv, literally "lead motive," from leiten "to lead" (see lead (v.1)) + Motiv (see motive). A term associated with Wagnerian musical drama, though the thing itself is at least as old as Mozart. "The leitmotif must be characteristic of the person or thing it is intended to represent." ["Elson's Music Dictionary"]
- 1. The title of one of Dietrich's best-known songs could serve as the leitmotif for her life.
- 2. Maybe greater inequality in pay is an unavoidable megatrend, a leitmotif for the 21 st century.
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