Definitions for THEMEθim

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; topic.

  2. a unifying or dominant idea, motif, etc., as in a work of art.

  3. a short, informal essay, esp. a school composition.

  4. a principal melodic subject in a musical composition. a short melodic subject from which variations are developed.

    Category: Music and Dance

  5. Category: Grammar

    Ref: stem1 (def. 10). 1 16

  6. Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: topic (def. 3). 4

* Syn: See subject.

Origin of theme:

1250–1300; ME teme, theme (< OF teme) < ML thema, L < Gk théma proposition, deposit =(ti)thé(nai) to put, set down + -ma resultative n. suffix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subject, topic, theme(noun)

    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

    "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"

  2. theme, motif(noun)

    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work

    "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"

  3. theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea(noun)

    (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

    "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"

  4. composition, paper, report, theme(noun)

    an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

    "he got an A on his composition"

  5. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical(verb)

    (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

    "thematic vowels are part of the stem"

  6. theme(verb)

    provide with a particular theme or motive

    "the restaurant often themes its menus"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. theme(noun)θim

    an important idea in a piece of writing, art, music, etc.

    one of two main themes of the novel; Death was one of the poet's favorite themes.

  2. themeθim

    a piece of music or song that represents a movie, TV show, etc.

    the theme tune from "Star Wars"


  1. theme(Noun)

    A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.

  2. theme(Noun)

    A recurring idea; a motif.

  3. theme(Noun)

    The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.

  4. theme(Noun)

    The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.

  5. theme(Noun)

    The stem of a word

  6. theme(Noun)

    thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb

  7. theme(Noun)

    Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.

  8. theme(Noun)

    Topic, what is being talked about, as opposed to rheme

  9. theme(Noun)

    A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.

  10. Origin: From tesme (French: thème), from thema, from θέμα, from τίθημι, reduplicative from dʰeh₁- (whence also English do).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theme(noun)

    a subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text

  2. Theme(noun)

    discourse on a certain subject

  3. Theme(noun)

    a composition or essay required of a pupil

  4. Theme(noun)

    a noun or verb, not modified by inflections; also, that part of a noun or verb which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) in declension or conjugation; stem

  5. Theme(noun)

    that by means of which a thing is done; means; instrument

  6. Theme(noun)

    the leading subject of a composition or a movement


  1. Theme

    In music, a theme is the material, usually a recognizable melody, upon which part or all of a composition is based. In forms such as the fugue this may be known as the subject.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'THEME' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2624

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'THEME' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4206

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'THEME' in Nouns Frequency: #852

Translations for THEME

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the subject of a discussion, essay etc

The theme for tonight's talk is education.

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