What does Theme mean?

Definitions for Theme

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Theme.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subject, topic, themenoun

    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, motifnoun

    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, ideanoun

    (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, themenoun

    an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

    "he got an A on his composition"

  5. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radicalverb

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

    "thematic vowels are part of the stem"

  6. themeverb

    provide with a particular theme or motive

    "the restaurant often themes its menus"


  1. themenoun

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

  2. themenoun

    A recurring idea; a motif.

  3. themenoun

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

  4. themenoun

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

  5. themenoun

    The stem of a word

  6. themenoun

    thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb

  7. themenoun

    Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.

  8. themenoun

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

  9. themenoun

    A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Themenoun

    Etymology: theme, Fr. from ϑέμα.

    Every object of our idea is called a theme, whether it be a being or not being. Isaac Watts.

    Two truths are told,
    As happy prologues to the swelling act
    Of the imperial theme. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    When a soldier was the theme, my name
    Was not far off. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    O! could I flow like thee, and make thy stream
    My great example, as it is my theme:
    Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull;
    Strong without rage, without o’erflowing full. John Denham.

    Whatever near Eurota’s happy stream,
    With laurels crown’d, had been Apollo’s theme. Wentworth Dillon.

    Though Tyber’s streams immortal Rome behold,
    Though foaming Hermus swells with tides of gold,
    From heav’n itself though seven-fold Nilus flows,
    And harvests on a hundred realms bestows;
    These now no more shall be the muse’s themes,
    Lost in my fame, as in the sea their streams. Alexander Pope.

    Let scholars daily reduce the words to their original or theme, to the first case of nouns, or first tense of verbs. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Themenoun

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

  2. Themenoun

    discourse on a certain subject

  3. Themenoun

    a composition or essay required of a pupil

  4. Themenoun

    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. Themenoun

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

  6. Themenoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Theme

    thēm, n. a subject set or proposed for discussion, or on which a person speaks or writes, a thesis, a brief essay: a verb in its radical form unmodified by inflections: (mus.) subject, a short melody developed with variations: an administrative division under the Byzantine empire.—n. Thē′ma, that which constitutes a subject of thought.—adj. Thēmat′ic.—adv. Thēmat′ically.—n. Thē′matist, a writer of themes. [Fr. thème—L. thema—Gr. tithēmi, I place, set.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Theme in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Theme in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Theme in a Sentence

  1. Sucharita Kodali:

    The pandemic was a theme of divergence, when all is said and done, it will be catastrophic but at the same time history will showcase many silver linings : streaming media, telehealth, online servicing, higher savings rates, contactless payments. There were so many beneficiaries.

  2. Andre Bakhos:

    The market is showing a little fatigue... and the question is what's the next theme that's going to push markets higher, it's going to be a tug of war on economic data and the court of investor opinion as to what exactly the Fed does.

  3. Elizabeth Chan:

    It's great to have a' holly jolly Christmas Past,' but that doesn't resonate with me as much as' Celebrate Me Home,' it wasn't until the pandemic, as a pregnant mother trapped with my toddler, as an Asian American in New York City that the theme' celebrate me home' took a different meaning.

  4. Yar Chaikovsky:

    Being the best trial lawyer alone does not always win the case. What wins cases is hard work and preparation from the entire team. In each of the trials in which I have been involved, we won in large part because our team was better prepared, had a better strategy and trial theme, and knew the facts on our feet better than the other side.”

  5. Ryan Larson:

    The overall theme is that people continue to worry about the deterioration in China and, more specifically, the continued erosion in WTI.

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    incapable of being atoned for
    • A. inexpiable
    • B. ostensive
    • C. motile
    • D. tenebrous

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