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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 leit·mo·tiv /ˈlaɪtmoˌtif/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Leit·mo·tif, Leit·mo·tiv n.
 1. Mus. a guiding theme; in Wagnerian opera, a marked melodic phrase or short musical passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label.  Also called Leading motive.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a
          person or situation (as in Wagner's operas) [syn: leitmotif]