[ theem ]
/ θim /
a subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; topic: The need for world peace was the theme of the meeting.
a unifying or dominant idea, motif, etc., as in a work of art.
a short, informal essay, especially a school composition.
- a principal melodic subject in a musical composition.
- a short melodic subject from which variations are developed.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM themetheme·less, adjectivesub·theme, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subtheme
/ (θiːm) /
an idea or topic expanded in a discourse, discussion, etc
(in literature, music, art, etc) a unifying idea, image, or motif, repeated or developed throughout a work
music a group of notes forming a recognizable melodic unit, often used as the basis of the musical material in a composition
a short essay, esp one set as an exercise for a student
linguistics the first major constituent of a sentence, usually but not necessarily the subject. In the sentence history I do like, "history" is the theme of the sentence, even though it is the object of the verb
(tr) to design, decorate, arrange, etc, in accordance with a theme
Derived forms of themethemeless, 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
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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