(music) A melodic theme associated with a particular character, place, thing or idea in an opera.
- A recurring theme.
Etymology: From Leitmotiv (leading motive), originally used to describe Wagnerian opera.
- German: Leitmotiv
- Spanish: Leitmotiv
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