What does theme mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word theme.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. theme(Noun)

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

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

  2. theme(Noun)

    A recurring idea; a motif.

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

  3. theme(Noun)

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

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

  4. theme(Noun)

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

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

  5. theme(Noun)

    The stem of a word

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

  6. theme(Noun)

    thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb

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

  7. theme(Noun)

    Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.

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

  8. theme(Noun)

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

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

  9. theme(Noun)

    A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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.]

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

How to pronounce theme?

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How to say theme in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Todd McCarthy:

    Unfortunately,' Mockingjay - Part 1' has all the personality of an industrial film, there's not a drop of insolence, insubordination or insurrection running through its veins ; it feels like a manufactured product through and through, ironic and sad given its revolutionary theme.

  2. Ron Chapman:

    Based on information from current cases, it is likely that a person infectious with measles was at one of the theme parks on these dates, if you have symptoms, and believe you may have been exposed, please contact your health care provider.

  3. Madhavi Arora:

    The broader theme really has been a considerable pick-up in food inflation and unwinding of the favourable base of last year, as well as stickiness in services inflation.

  4. Henry Crochiere:

    A group of protesters were in the front yard requesting that the private date function be shut down due to the insensitive ‘ cops and robbers ’ theme of the party, after trying to have a dialogue between the fraternity members and the protesters, it was determined that it would be best to call the police to help facilitate conversation and make sure there was order.

  5. Donald Glover:

    That circle of life theme, I think, is important for everybody to understand now, that we are depending on each other.

Images & Illustrations of theme

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