theme

[ theem ]
/ θim /

noun

adjective

having a unifying theme: a theme restaurant decorated like a spaceship.

verb (used with object), themed, them·ing.

to provide with a theme.

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Origin of theme

1250–1300; Middle English teme, theme (< Old French teme) < Medieval Latin thema, Latin < Greek théma proposition, deposit, akin to tithénai to put, set down

SYNONYMS FOR theme

1 thesis, text. See subject.
3 paper.

OTHER WORDS FROM theme

theme·less, adjectivesub·theme, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subtheme

theme
/ (θiːm) /

noun

verb

(tr) to design, decorate, arrange, etc, in accordance with a theme

Derived forms of theme

themeless, adjective

Word Origin for theme

C13: from Latin thema, from Greek: deposit, from tithenai to lay down
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Cultural definitions for subtheme

theme

A central idea in a piece of writing or other work of art: “The theme of desperation is found throughout his novels.” Also a short composition assigned to a student as a writing exercise.

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