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Meaning & Definition of Theme in English

English

Theme

/θim/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • subject
  • ,
  • topic
  • ,
  • theme

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

  • "It was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
    synonym:
  • theme
  • ,
  • motif

3. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

  • "The theme is announced in the first measures"
  • "The accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
    synonym:
  • theme
  • ,
  • melodic theme
  • ,
  • musical theme
  • ,
  • idea

4. An essay (especially one written as an assignment)

  • "He got an a on his composition"
    synonym:
  • composition
  • ,
  • paper
  • ,
  • report
  • ,
  • theme

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

  • "Thematic vowels are part of the stem"
    synonym:
  • root
  • ,
  • root word
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • stem
  • ,
  • theme
  • ,
  • radical

verb

1. Provide with a particular theme or motive

  • "The restaurant often themes its menus"
    synonym:
  • theme

Examples of using

The American Civil War is the central theme of the book.
The principle theme of the book is the American Revolution.